Some major changes are taking shape for emergency health care in the metro. The Nebraska Medical Center has announced expansion of its trauma services with a 24/7 care plan in the works.
“This is the right thing to do for everyone who lives here,” said P.J. Schenarts, trauma medical director at the Medical Center. “Although the trauma system we’ve used for the last 20 years is functional, we think we have an obligation to provide something more.”
Since 1993, the Nebraska Medical Center has worked cooperatively with Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center in a combined trauma system. That program results in two part-time trauma centers that, according to a Medical Center news release, cannot be recognized by the American College of Surgeons.
Rosanna Morris, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of the Medical Center said, “The Nebraska Medical Center has been evaluating the possibility of becoming a Level 1 trauma center for several years now.
“We have the resources and infrastructure in place to establish a dedicated trauma program. The timing is right. Level 1 trauma centers provide the highest quality of care to injured patients. It’s our duty to do everything we can to provide them with that.”
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Alegent Creighton officials said they are, "disappointed," but they respect the Nebraska Medical Center's decision. They say they now have plans to expand trauma care as well.