with lower acuities,” explained Hutchison. “With a quick assessment and interventions, we can get patients treated and on their way.” “We have eight negative- pressure rooms,” said Dr. Smith. “There is also a decontamination room right off the ambulance bay.” The ED also has a telehealth robot, a GlideScope for guided intubation, and Phillips Intelli-Vue ICU level portable monitoring. The Cath Lab is conveniently located just down the hall if immediate services are needed.
department that the Great Plains Health team and its donors have built but adds he is equally proud of his clinical team. “We are the first hospital in the state of Nebraska with all our ED physicians being board- certified and residency-trained
• Leaving the emergency department without being seen rate at GPHealth: less than 1 percent. National average: 1.7 percent • Average wait time at GPHealth (arrival to provider): 12 minutes. National average: 40 minutes • American Hospital Association’s highest award for stroke care four years in a row (2016-2020), the only hospital in Nebraska to receive the award in 2020 • Gold award from the American Heart Association for STEMI Care (heart attacks) for the past two years
in emergency medicine.” They are supported by a
dedicated team of emergency department nurses and clinical staff, many of whom hold advanced certifications in emergency care. Dr. Smith reflected, “With talented physi- cians and a state-of-the-art facility, our community can count on getting the best possible care.”
Dr. Smith notes his level of pride in the emergency
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