Omaha-area physician and surgeon Bill Meyers kept one foot rooted in old-school medical practices even while the other foot blazed trails.
If a patient lacked health insurance, he told his staff not to charge the person or he accepted payment in home-grown produce, said daughter Louisa "Lou" Meyers of Omaha. "He also was making house calls into the 1980s."
But Dr. Meyers wasn't living in the past.
He oversaw implementation of Nebraska's first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine and the area's first birthing rooms while he was medical director at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, his daughter said.
Dr. Vernon William "Bill" Meyers died Monday at the Nebraska Medical Center, four days after suffering a stroke at his Omaha home. He was 87.
Meyers practiced general medicine and surgery in Omaha and surrounding areas, and he worked in hospital administration, medical education and private industry. Meyers served in elected positions at a number of Omaha hospitals, including as chief of staff at Bergan Mercy, and was appointed the hospital's first full-time medical director.
He also was medical director at the Mercy Care Center, Campbell Soup Co., Swift Packing Plant, Union Pacific Railroad and Boys Town.
Meyers was an assistant professor of clinical surgery and a member of the contributing service faculty for more than 25 years at the Creighton University School of Medicine, his alma mater for his master's degree in 1954 and medical degree in 1955.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Darinka "Darlene" Shuput Meyers, and his twin sister, Betty.
His survivors include children Maria Meyers of Kansas City, Mo., and Omahans William Meyers, Charles Meyers, Dr. Stephanie Meyers, Suzanne Shover, Thomas Meyers and Jeannette Meyers; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The great-grandchildren were born the day he died.
A memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Leo Catholic Church, 1920 N. 102nd St.
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