The Office of Emergency Health Systems (OEHS) works closely with partners to establish Stroke and ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) systems of care. These partnerships educate patients and medical personnel with the goal of increasing patient survivability when they are experiencing a Stroke or STEMI, better known as a heart attack. The system of care allows a patients entire care team, from the 911 call to the definitive care hospital, to quickly identify, diagnose, treat and transport patients. Implementing a systems of care improves patient outcomes and decreases patient disability or death.
The Stroke System of Care Act passed in 2016 established the Stroke System of Care to provide patients with the highest quality of care and ensure a seamless transition with all medical personnel involved in the care of the patient. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Nebraska and the leading cause of disability in the US. The OEHS partners with the Nebraska State Stroke Advisory Task Force, Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council and the American Stroke Association to implement this system of care.
The act allows DHHS to designate hospitals as a stroke centers. Every non-designated hospital is required to provide certification for stroke care that will be collected and distributed to each EMS service physician medical director. The current Nebraska Stroke Designated Hospitals are:
Comprehensive Stroke Centers:
Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Centers:
Primary Stroke Centers:
Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals:
If your hospital needs to renew or would like to apply to become a stroke designated hospital please fill out the following application:
Stroke Center Designation Application
The Stroke Advisory Task Force advises the Department of Health and Human Services on the implementation of the Stroke System of Care.
A STEMI is a time sensitive emergency where one or more of the heart's major arteries are blocked. The Office of Emergency Health Systems and the American Heart Association were awarded grants from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Nebraska Legislature funding to distributed devices to EMS services to identify a STEMI. The Helmsley Charitable Trust also allowed for the distribution of the LUCAS II and LUCAS III automated CPR device to EMS services and hospitals, which increases a patients chances to survive cardiac arrest. The STEMI System of Care works to rapidly identify, diagnose, transport and treat STEMI patients to reduce the damage done to the heart.
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust website
Nebraska participates in the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), which allows EMS services and hospitals to measure the performance of the treatment of cardiac arrest. This information is then used to improve cardiac arrest care to help increase survival rates. Please contact Becka Neumiller for more information on how to participate in the CARES registry.