Nebraska Stroke Systems of Care

Community and Rural Health Planning
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 one of the leading causes 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.

General Stroke Information for the Public

What is a Stroke:​​

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or there is sudden bleeding into or around the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

Need to know information regarding a Stroke:

  • ​​Stroke Signs and Symptoms ​
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of body
  • sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • sudden severe headache with no known cause. 

Nebraska Stroke Designated Hospitals​

If your hospital would like to apply or renew your Nebraska stroke designation, fill out the following application:

Stroke Center Designation Application

The current Nebraska Stroke Designated Hospitals are:

Comprehensive Stroke Centers:

  • Nebraska Medicine, Omaha
  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, Omaha​

Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Centers:

  • CHI Immanuel, Omaha

Primary Stroke Centers:

  • Bryan Health Systems, Lincoln
  • CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney
  • CHI Health Lakeside, Omaha
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln
  • CHI Health 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
  • Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney   

Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals:

  • Methodist Fremont Health, Fremont
  • Methodist Women's Hospital, Elkhorn
  • CHI Midlands, Papillion​

Stroke Advisory Task Force Meetings

The Stroke Advisory Task Force advises the Department of Health and Human Services on the implementation of the Stroke System of Care. 

Meeting Date​​Agenda​Minutes
July 25, 2024 Lincoln Nebraska

​October 24, 2024 Lincoln, NE​
Becka Neumiller
Stroke Program Manager
Phone Number
(402) 560-4949
Fax Number
(402) 742-1140
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026 
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026​​