Lincoln hospital gets trauma center designation | Health and Fitness

A room in the trauma department of CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

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CHI Health announced Tuesday that St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln has been designated as a general trauma center.

The state designation corresponds to the designation of a Level III trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, which puts CHI Health St. Elizabeth on par with the hospitals in Grand Island, Columbus and Norfolk for the care of trauma patients.

Bryan Health in Lincoln is a Level II trauma center while Nebraska Medicine and the CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center are Level I trauma centers.

“This is an exciting achievement for the entire CHI Health St. Elizabeth team – from the nurses, doctors and medical staff to the hospital administration and board members who contributed in large and small ways to this achievement,” said Dr. Rick Fermelia. “Becoming a designated trauma center expands access to more care for the community.”

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CHI Health’s designation of St. Elizabeth as a general-level trauma center means it is equipped to care for trauma patients involved in major automobile accidents, assaults and falls, and to routinely perform general surgery, anesthesia, orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures .

The hospital opened its trauma department last spring. From April 2020 to April 2021, the hospital treated nearly 2,000 patients for traumatic injuries – a 45% increase over the previous year.

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