Healthcare excellence in Lincoln

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by Julie Nichols

Known nationwide for excellence in treatment, Lincoln’s hospitals and medical network support the community with more than just treatment. Specialized, diverse, innovative and state-of-the-art
facilities put the city’s health-care system on the leading edge.

Bryan Health Network

Employing more than 5,000 health-care workers, Bryan Health’s award-winning network of doctors, hospitals and clinics deliver care to distant communities through mobile diagnostic and treatment services, telemedicine services and a mental health network. In addition, Bryan Health’s several Critical Access Hospitals provide comprehensive services to rural populations throughout the state. 

As Lincoln’s largest hospital, Bryan Medical Center maintains two facilities: Bryan East Campus at 1600 S. 48th St. and Bryan West at 16th and South streets. A Nebraska-governed, nonprofit health system, Bryan ministers to patients, and its fitness programs motivate Lincoln residents to seek healthier lifestyles. Specialists are available in cardiology, neuroscience, women’s and children’s health, orthopedics, physical therapy and rehabilitation, emergency/trauma, cancer care, behavioral health and surgery. 

Bryan has recently expanded its long-standing services for victims of sexual assault by adding more sexual assault nurse examiners to provide care and help patients feel safe. These registered nurses train extensively to detect and treat injuries, collect forensic medical evidence and testify in court. Members of the staff are on call around the clock to receive and assist assault victims at both of Bryan’s emergency room locations.

Both of Bryan’s campuses provide emergency care. Life-flight emergencies and in-bound rural patients use Bryan West’s Level II trauma center at 16th and South. A helipad, large ICU unit and comprehensive ER services make Bryan West a top choice for trauma care. The Bryan system is verified by the American College of Surgeons and is locally considered the best for emergency care.

Bryan Women’s and Children’s Health puts labor and delivery into a warm private setting, and is equipped to deal with obstetric complications. Bryan East features a state-of-the-art birth center and an advanced Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Bryan Health also offers 3D mammography technology for early detection of breast cancer. 

Bryan ezVisit, a 24-hour online urgent care option for minor illnesses is available at Bryan Independence Center supplies substance abuse treatment for those battling addiction. And Bryan’s online screenings encourage patients to pursue preventive care. 

For either immediate or routine care, Bryan Urgent Care’s full-service clinic at 7501 S. 27th St. is open is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. No appointment is necessary. 

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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital has led the nation in rebuilding patients’ lives after disabling illness or traumatic injury. Madonna remains the only independent rehabilitation facility in the region for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, neurological diseases and pulmonary conditions, offering thorough and customized treatment to help patients recover life skills. 

The only hospital nationwide that offers a secured, pediatric rehabilitation unit and all levels of rehabilitative care in one facility, Madonna treats the highest number of both adults and children in the area who experience traumatic injury or illness. 

Offering the greatest number of Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-accredited programs for both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, Madonna offers all-inclusive services from diagnostics to release.

Collaborative teams of psychiatrists, pediatricians, pulmonologists and internists work with each patient to develop personalized treatment plans. 

The main campus at 5401 South St. offers a 5,000-square-foot therapy gym, a warm-water pool and in-house classes that address different aspects of life changes after injury. Independence Square, a simulated community, lets patients rehearse everyday life skills as they recover. On-campus housing permits families to stay nearby so they can learn about and participate in the rehabilitation process.

The on-site Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering develops cutting-edge rehabilitative technology through the efforts of researchers, clinicians, scientists and medical industry leaders. As part of the institute’s living laboratory, clinicians and patients collaborate in project development to find user-friendly solutions for patients. The institute team develops technological strategies to improve outcomes so patients can live to the fullest. 

The institute puts its inventions to work in treatment settings. ICARE, a therapeutic elliptical device, received two U.S. patents and won international recognition for innovative technology and is now marketed to more than 80 countries worldwide and used in prominent rehabilitation facilities throughout the U.S.

Madonna’s interface with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha offers a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program. Expansion to Omaha includes a new 110-bed, freestanding hospital delivering world-class rehabilitative care. Serving as a primary training site for medical residents, the program was the first of its kind within a five-state area. For details about Madonna’s rehabilitation services, visit

Lancaster Rehab provides excellent care at 10th and South streets. The facility has 293 licensed beds in private and semi-private rooms. Besides rehabilitation services, they provide memory care, long-term care, respite care, and hospice care.  

In additional to physical and occupational therapy, Lancaster Rehabilitation Center provides speech therapy—including VitalStim, which improves swallowing ability by strengthening muscles with neuromuscular electrical stimulation. They also offer stroke rehabilitation, orthopedic injury and fracture therapy, and post-surgical recovery programs with new equipment, like the anti-gravity treadmill which helps gait patterns full weight-bearing.  

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CHI Health St. Elizabeth

One of 25 in the nation, St. Elizabeth’s Regional Burn and Wound Care Center houses Nebraska’s only Verified Burn Center, certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association. Internationally recognized for wound and burn care research, St. E. offers state-of-the-art treatment for patients struggling to heal from devastating burn injuries. Advanced burn laser therapy helps minimize reconstructive surgeries. Treatment concentrates on emotional and psychological healing as well as physical recovery as patients set goals to achieve the highest degree of pre-injury health. 

St. Elizabeth also excels in oncology services ranging from treating colorectal cancer to using brachytherapy for precise, non-surgical treatment for skin cancers. In addition to medical care, the Breast Care Center offers free classes to patients preparing for surgery. St. Elizabeth also offers robotic surgery, cyberknife radiation therapy and selective internal radiation therapy, a major advancement in the treatment of liver cancer, targeting tumors with precision while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. 

St. Elizabeth’s after-care coaching model helps patients pursue recovery after their hospitalization, concentrating on value-based health care—the right care at the right time in the right place—including at home. Health coaches called nurse navigators work with patients at home after surgery or hospital stays, helping them learn to manage the challenges of chronic disease and provide support and assessment after orthopedic and other surgeries. 

Nationally recognized for providing exceptional standards of care for its youngest and most vulnerable patients, St. Elizabeth’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and High Obstetrics became the first obstetric hospital unit in the nation to receive two Gold Seals of Approval. The NICU has also received awards for Pre-Term Labor and Prematurity.

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CHI Health Nebraska Heart Institute
and Heart Hospital

Founded in 2003, the Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital at 7500 S. 91st St. delivers exceptional cardiac, vascular and thoracic health care as part of the CHI Health Network and offers seven outpatient clinics statewide that provide cardiac services from the Heart Institute.  

Nebraska Heart strives to provide continuity of care by minimizing room-to-room transfers, employing team-based care and ensuring proximity of services under one roof. The quiet and calm atmosphere and its centralized services give both patients and families a stable environment in which to recover.

With the aim of keeping heart diagnostics in reach at all times, Nebraska Heart has on-site imaging, four types of cath labs, four operating suites and 24-hour on-site physicians. With a team of cardiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, advanced-practice clinicians, exceptional cardiac nurses and strong support staff, Nebraska Heart is an excellent choice for personalized cardiac treatment.  

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Lincoln Surgical Hospital 

Lincoln Surgical Hospital at 1710 S. 70th St. offers extraordinary, award-winning personal care. It consistently takes first place in Nebraska for joint replacement and overall excellence in inpatient satisfaction. Women rate Lincoln Surgical in the top 100 hospitals in the nation for patient experience. A physician-owned, nationally esteemed small hospital, Lincoln Surgical offers services in gynecological, spinal, orthopaedic, pediatric care and neurosurgery. 

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