MEC News

02.28.11

Dr. Mark Emig has announced that Midwest Eye Care is participating in Mission Cataract USA for the 17th consecutive year.  Individuals who have cataracts, no insurance coverage and limited income may be eligible for cataract surgery at no cost.  Interested individuals should contact the Mission Cataract program coordinator by calling 552-2020.  Each year approximately 100 applicants are screened by telephone, 50 applicants receive free eye exams, and 20-25 individuals receive surgery at no cost.

01.25.11
Dr. Peter Whitted has again been elected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America® list.  Dr. Whitted has been on this list since 1996, and will be on the list through 2012. The Best Doctors in America® list is created through surveys of thousands of doctors, and less than four percent of American doctors make the list each year. Dr. Whitted is one of just two Omaha-area ophthalmologists to be included on the list since its inception in 1996.

01.07.11
Midwest Eye Care’s optical shop has been recognized in the 2011 Best of Omaha edition of Omaha Magazine.  Midwest Eye Care offers a full-service optical shop in each of its five locations, and we are proud to be recognized as one of the leading optical shops in Omaha.  We thank all of our loyal patients who voted for us.

10.01.10
Dr. Krystal Wells, a residency-trained optometrist, has joined the Midwest Eye Care professional staff.  She has opened a new MEC location at 18111 Q Street and will work primarily at that location.  She will also see patients at MEC’s Council Bluffs office one day per week.  Dr. Wells earned her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her doctorate of optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry.  She furthered her education with a one-year residency in ocular disease and low vision at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

6.09.10
Dr. Michael Halsted announced today the addition of Dr. Michael Feilmeier to Midwest Eye Care’s professional staff. Dr. Feilmeier, a native of Elkhorn, Nebraska, will join MEC as an ophthalmologist in September 2010. Dr. Feilmeier earned his undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  After a one-year internship in internal medicine at the University of California San Diego, Dr. Feilmeier completed a three-year ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami.  He completed his formal training with a fellowship in cornea, anterior segment and international ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in St. Lake City.  During his residency and fellowship, Dr. Feilmeier provided care and trained eye surgeons in Haiti, India, Nepal, the Dominican Republic and Ghana.  Midwest Eye Care is thrilled to have Dr. Feilmeier join the practice.

5.13.10
Midwest Eye Care provided 25 free cataract surgeries to uninsured patients on Thursday, May 13, as part of the national Mission Cataract program. This year marks MEC’s 16th year of participation with the program. During that time, Midwest Eye Care and Midwest Eye Surgery Center have provided over 200 free cataract surgeries to patients who otherwise could not afford the surgery. The removal of a cataract can be a life-changing event, and the surgery allowed several patients to return to work. Midwest Eye Care would like to thank Clarkson Family Practice and the UMA Department of Anesthesia for their assistance in the program. 

12.03.09
Dr. Jerry Damme, an optometrist in practice in Papillion since 1977, has joined Midwest Eye Care.  He is moving his office to MEC’s new location at 7202 Giles, and will begin seeing patients there on December 4.  MIdwest Eye Care now offers 11 ophthalmologists and 5 optometrists at its 4 metropolitan locations.

11.18.09
Jay Slagle, Midwest Eye Care’s administrator, announced today that MEC’s fourth office will be opening on Wednesday, December 2.  The new office is located in the La Vista Crossing shopping center on the northwest corner of 72nd & Giles Road.  Hours of operation include Tuesdays from 12:00 – 7:00, all other weekdays from 9:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 6:00, and Saturdays from 8:00 – 12:00.  Dr. Abigal Jackson will be seeing patients at this office.  The appointment line for this office is 552-2020; the optical phone number beginning on December 2 will be 779-8100. 

11.01.09
Midwest Eye Care’s optometrists have now joined the routine vision panel for VSP, a very common plan in and around the metropolitan area.  New patients can call 552-2020 to make an appointment for Drs. Teri Geist, Scott Greder, Mindy Dickinson and Abigal Jackson.

9.21.09
The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs issued its annual Reader’s Choice Awards in its September 20, 2009 issue.  Drs. David Hanks and Mindy Dickinson were both honored with Reader’s Choice Awards in the ‘Favorite Eye Doctor’ category.

6.26.09
Dr. Michael Halsted, medical director for Midwest Eye Care, announced that Abigail Jackson, OD, will join MEC’s medical staff in August 2009. Dr. Jackson is an optometrist who recently completed a one-year ocular disease and low vision residency at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. She is a graduate of the UAB School of Optometry. Dr. Jackson previously earned a nursing degree from Creighton University, and worked as a registered nurse for MEC from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Jackson is originally from Omaha and is pleased to return home.

5.14.09
Midwest Eye Care participated in Mission Cataract USA for the 15th consecutive year on May 14, 2009. Twenty-two needy individuals received free cataract surgery; another twenty-five applicants received free eye exams as part of the program. Planning for the next Mission Cataract program will begin in February 2010. 

9.21.08
The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs issued its annual Reader’s Choice Awards in its September 21, 2008 issue.  Drs. David Hanks and Mindy Dickinson were both honored with Reader’s Choice Awards in the ‘Favorite Eye Doctor’ category.  Midwest Eye Care was also honored in the ‘Favorite Eyeglasses’ category.

9.18.08
Midwest Eye Care received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award today at a luncheon attended by nearly 1,000 people.  Midwest Eye Care, which also won the Integrity Award in 2004, is the first and only medical practice in Nebraska to win the award.  The Better Business Bureau bestows this honor each on one charitable organization and in four different business classes; award winners must wait at least three years to apply for another Integrity Award.

4.5.08
John Liken, ABO, NCLE, a contact lens optician at Midwest Eye Care, received the 2008 Optician of the Year Award from the Nebraska Society of Dispensing Opticians (NSDO) at the NSDO’s spring convention.  John is the third Midwest Eye Care optician to receive this award since 1991.  The other employees who have received the award include Craig Tate, a Spectacles optician at the 4353 Dodge Street office, and Don Neary, who recently retired from MEC after 50 years in the optical field.

3.16.08
Dr. Peter Whitted has announced that Midwest Eye Care is participating in Mission Cataract USA for the 14th consecutive year.  Individuals who have cataracts, no insurance coverage and limited income may be eligible for cataract surgery at no cost.  Interested individuals should contact the Mission Cataract program coordinator by calling 552-2020.  Each year approximately 60 applicants are screened by telephone, 30 applicants receive free eye exams, and 10 – 20 individuals receive surgery at no cost.

1.08.08
Dr. Scott Greder of Midwest Eye Care received the ‘Champion of Hope’ award from the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition.  The Coalition coordinates the provision of free care to underprivileged residents in the Omaha metropolitan area, and Dr. Greder was one of four medical providers recognized at the 2008 banquet.  Midwest Eye Care, Dr. Peter Whitted and Dr. Everett Madson have been honored in prior years by Hope Medical Outreach Coalition for their contributions in serving needy patients. 

11.29.07
Midwest Eye CareTM received the “2007 Readers’ Choice Award” for Best Optical Practice in Omaha.  The Readers’ Choice awards are based on nomination ballots received by The Reader, an Omaha-based newspaper.  Midwest Eye Care received the same honor in 2005.

9.19.07
Peter Whitted, MD, JD, and Michael Halsted, MD, of Midwest Eye Care have been named to the “Best Doctors in America” 2007-2008 list.  The “Best Doctors” list is compiled through an exhaustive survey of thousands of doctors.  Only those doctors who earn the consensus support of their peers are included.  Dr. Whitted has consistently been included on the “Best Doctors in America” list since its inception in the mid-1990’s, and Dr. Halsted has been named to the list several times.  We are proud to be the only ophthalmology practice serving Nebraska and western Iowa with two ‘Best Doctors.’

5.31.07
Midwest Eye Care announced that 19 needy patients were selected for free cataract surgery as part of the practice’s annual Mission Cataract program.  This year marks Midwest Eye Care’s thirteenth year in the program.  Since that time, well over 100 low-income patients have received free cataract surgery.

9.27.06
Hope Medical Outreach Coalition recognized Midwest Eye Care as a ‘Shining Star’ at its annual volunteer recognition event for providing health care to patients who would otherwise go without care.  Midwest Eye Care doctors and their affiliated surgical center provide medical care at no cost through the year to patients referred by the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition.

9.24.06
Dr. David Hanks of Midwest Eye Care was selected as the ‘Favorite Eye Doctor’ in the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006.  The Readers’ Choice Awards were announced in the Daily Nonpareil’s Sunday edition on September 24, 2006.

7.24.06
Midwest Eye Care has begun providing patients with the new Lucentis medication for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).  Lucentis was approved by the FDA on June 30, 2006.  Lucentis is produced by Genentech and is essentially a re-labeling of Avastin, a drug frequently used to combat cancer of the colon and rectum but had also proven to be effective in slowing the progression of wet AMD.  For more information, visit the Education/Library tab to find the Avastin/Lucentis summary under the Macular Degeneration heading.  

7.17.06
Midwest Eye Care is pleased to announce the addition of David Ingvoldstad, MD, to the practice.  Dr. Ingvoldstad specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the vitreous and retina, diabetic eye disease, and cataracts.  Dr. Ingvoldstad will be practicing at Midwest Eye Care’s offices at 4353 Dodge and 13500 California.

5.25.06
Midwest Eye Care was a local site for Mission Cataract USA, a nationwide program that provides free cataract surgery for people without the financial means to pay for surgery.  Through referrals from local optometrists, service organizations and churches, Midwest Eye Care was able to provide surgery at no cost to 18 individuals.  Drs. Peter Whitted and Martin Mizener performed the surgery at Midwest Eye Surgery Center.  The local event was also supported by the Clarkson Family Medicine, UNMC Physicians Department of Anesthesia, Alcon Labs, Precision Lens and Andy Fitzmorris.

4.3.06
Midwest Eye Care is pleased to announce that its new office at 13500 California has opened.  The new location, located just one block north of Dodge Street in the Bank of the West Business Park, replaces two previous West Omaha locations at 105 S. 90th Street and 2727 S. 144th Street (Clarkson West Medical Center).  This new office has expanded parking, more diagnostic equipment and a greatly expanded optical department.

3.30.06
Dr. Peter Whitted of Midwest Eye Care was honored by the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition at a banquet on Thursday, March 30 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.  Dr. Whitted, two other physicians and three dentists were honored by the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition for their efforts in providing medical and dental care to the less fortunate.

2.1.06
Drs. Mark Emig, Peter Whitted and Scott Greder have announced that Midwest Eye Care will present Mission Cataract for the 12th consecutive year.  Through this program, individuals who have no insurance are screened for cataracts, and 10 to 15 participants are selected to receive free cataract surgery.  Midwest Eye Care provides the doctor services and surgical care at no cost, the UMA Department of Anesthesia provides free anesthesia care during surgery, and Clarkson Family Practice provides free pre-operative history and physical exams.  Beginning in March 2006, patients may call Midwest Eye Care to determine if they will be eligible for the Mission Cataract surgeries to be provided in May.

1.15.06

Midwest Eye Care will open its new 13,000 square foot office at 13500 California, one block north of Dodge Street, on Monday, April 3, 2006.  The new office will consolidate the operations of the offices previously located at 2727 S. 144th Street (Clarkson West Medical Center) and 105 S. 90th Street (Indian Hills area).  Once the Dodge Street Expressway is completed in Fall 2006, the new office in the Bank of the West Business Park will be within a 10-minute radius bounded by 84th, L, 192nd and Maple Streets.

11.17.05

Spectacles, the in-house eyeglass department at Midwest Eye Care, was selected to the Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O list.  This list is compiled annually by The Reader, a metropolitan Omaha weekly newspaper.

11.7.05

Dr. Peter Whitted has been named to the Best Doctors in America® list for the year 2005 – 2006.  Dr. Whitted has been included on this list since 1996, and is one of only two Omaha-area ophthalmologists to be so honored over the past decade.  The Best Doctors in America database is developed through an exhaustive peer-review survey of thousands of doctors across the country.  Only those doctors who earn the consensus support of their peers are included, and doctors cannot buy listings.  Nationally, less than 4% of all doctors are included on this list, and significantly fewer are named to the list each year like Dr. Whitted.

10.24.05

Dr. Teri Geist was awarded the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year Award at the Association’s annual convention held in Kearney on October 21 –  22, 2005.  Dr. Geist was noted for her clinical excellence, charitable care, and efforts in supporting state and national optometric initiatives.   Dr. Geist was previously honored by the Nebraska Optometric Association in 2001 with the Young Optometrist of the Year Award.

8.15.05

The Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has informed Midwest Eye Surgery Center, LLC (MESC) that MESC has been awarded a three-year renewal of its accreditation.  AAAHC is the largest accreditation bodies of outpatient surgical facilities in the United States, and three years is the longest accreditation term it awards.  During AAAHC’s May 2005 site visit, MESC was evaluated in dozen of areas, including quality of care, quality improvement programs and administration.  MESC has been accredited by AAAHC since May 2002.

5.5.05

We are pleased to announce that we have broken ground for our newest facility, to be located in west Omaha at 13500 California in the new Commercial Federal Business Park.  This 13,500 square foot facility, located just one block north of Dodge Street, will replace MEC’s existing locations in the Clarkson West Medical Center (144th & Center) and Indian Hills Medical Plaza (90th & Harney).  The new office will offer expanded testing services, additional exam rooms and one of the largest eyeglass inventories in the city.  The anticipated opening date for the new office is April 2006.