Gov. Ricketts Announces Extension of Directed Health Measure to Protect Hospital Capacity

News Release
For Immediate Release: 9/29/2021

Media Contacts: 
Taylor Gage, (402) 471-1970
Justin Pinkerman, (402) 471-1967


Governor's Media Release:​

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State is extending its Directed Health Measure (DHM) to address hospital staffing shortages.  Initially, the DHM was set to expire on September 30, 2021.  With the extension, it will remain in force through October 31, 2021 unless renewed. 

The DHM suspends inpatient Class D and Class E elective surgeries for all Acute Care, Critical Care, and Children's Hospitals in Nebraska.  These are elective surgeries that can wait four weeks or longer without substantially changing a patient's outcome.     

The DHM is available by clicking here.

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