A stroke happens when blood flow is disrupted to the brain causing tissue injury
and death. Stroke is currently the forth leading cause of death in NE and
the leading cause of disability in the US.
In an effort to educate and improve treatment of the stroke patient the Stroke System of Care Act (71-4201 to 71-4209) was passed in 2016. This act sets the ground work for EMS and hospitals to better work together to identify the best path of treatment for stroke patient reducing potential delays in care.
The Stroke System of Care Act identifies creiteria for hospitals to receive
designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center, Primary Stroke Center or
Acute Stroke Ready hospitals.
The current stroke designated hospitals in Nebraska are:
COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTERS:
THROMBECTOMY CAPABLE STROKE CENTERS:
PRIMARY STROKE CENTERS:
Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk
CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha
Bryan East, Lincoln
CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney
CHI Health – Lakeside, Omaha
CHI St. Elizabeth, Lincoln
CHI Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island
Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings
Methodist Hospital, Omaha
Nebraska Medicine, Bellevue
Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff
Great Plains Health, North Platte
ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITALS:
ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI):
A heart attack happens when blood flow is disrupted to a section of your heart,
cause the surrounding tissue to become injured and die. Every year approximately
750,000 Americans have a heart attack. The best treatment for a heart
attack is early detection and treatment. If you or your loved ones show any signs of having a heart
attack call 911 immediately!
Signs of a heart attack: chest discomfort (may feel heavy, aching, dull, squeezing or full) may radiate into jaw, neck, arms, back and stomach. Shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, cold sweats.
Risk factors for heart attacks are the same as those listed above for stroke. Make sure to manage existing medical conditions.