Monday’s roundtable at Creighton, Nebraska, included (from left) Todd Foje, CEO of Great Plains Communications; Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and District 40 State Sen. Tim Gragert of Creighton.

Randy Dockendorf/P&DCREIGHTON, Neb. — As the Avera Creighton Hospital CEO, Todd Consbruck knows the importance of dependable high-speed internet during critical situations.

That reliance intensified during the pandemic, when telehealth visits surged in place of face-to-face patients. The rise in virtual visits came on top of large volumes of medical information that were already transferred between sites.