About Lincoln’s Hospitals

by Judy Shutts

The Lincoln Hospitals meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals with specialized health care units, expert physicians, and up-to-date technology. The city also offers a variety of physical therapy, mental health, and health and fitness centers. 

Bryan Health

Bryan Health, Lincoln’s largest hospital, has two main facilities — Bryan East Campus at 1600 S. 48th St. and Bryan West Campus at 2300 S. 16th St. These facilities specialize in cardiology, neuroscience, women’s and children’s health, orthopedics, physical therapy and rehabilitation, emergency/trauma, cancer care, and behavioral health services.

In heart care, Bryan Heart continues to be on the leading edge of research and heart surgery. For the first time in 2014, doctors used a robotic cardiac navigation system to treat complex cardiac conditions, such as irregular heartbeats.

Bryan Women and Children’s Health is home to a state-of-the-art Family Birthplace and an advanced Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Bryan was recently re-certified as a “baby-friendly” hospital, one of only 172 in the nation.

In addition, Bryan Urgent Care is a full-service urgent care clinic that provides high quality, immediate care to adults and children. Located at 7501 S. 27th St., the facility is open 7 days a week and no appointment is necessary.

Here are more services offered by Bryan Health to care for the community:

 New 3D Mammography technology helps detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage

 New Bryan Independence Center facility offers treatment programs and advanced care for those battling substance abuse addictions

 Bariatric (weight loss) surgery helps patients lead a healthier lifestyle, with clients shedding a combined 6,000 pounds

 Free, confidential online health screenings help keep individuals proactive (www.bryanhealth.org/online-screenings)

For more details about Bryan Health, visit www.bryanhealth.org.

CHI Health St. Elizabeth is the new name for Saint Elizabeth Regional Health Center

As St. Elizabeth celebrates its 125th anniversary of health care in Lincoln it seems fitting that it should have a new name. CHI Health St Elizabeth is under the umbrella of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and is one of 15 CHI hospitals in Nebraska and Iowa.

Jami Blair, public relations coordinator, said the CHI network means more opportunities to work together, easier access to medical experts and better care for consumers.

Saint Elizabeth’s mission began when four sisters from the St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration answered the call to start a hospital in Lincoln in the late 1880s. The first hospital was in the Buckstaff residence on South Street, between 11th and 13th streets. They raised $70,000 to build a hospital at 10th and South Street. In 1969 St. Elizabeth moved to its current location on 70th Street.

Since then, the hospital has opened a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the region’s first Burn Center. In 2004 the hospital tripled its size with the addition of a six-story patient tower, a four-level parking garage and a medical plaza.

Saint Elizabeth delivers approximately 2000 babies each year. St. Elizabeth has recently remodeled the Advanced Baby Center to better serve the families. The Advanced Baby Center now has a convenient bistro and a room for families to gather around the fireplace. Blair said the changes make a comfortable experience for families who choose Saint Elizabeth.

A leader in care for premature babies, Saint Elizabeth’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been officially recognized for its exceptional care. The hospital was re-certified and awarded the Gold Seal by the Joint Commission, for excellence in pre-term labor and prematurity.

St. Elizabeth offers a new radiation therapy treatment for the Breast Care Center. Saint Elizabeth was the first in Nebraska to offer AccuBoost®, an image-guided radiation therapy that is a precise technique that minimizes damage to other tissues. St. Elizabeth is the only hospital in Lincoln to offer this technology. This is one of the services offered by the Breast Care Center team.

The Breast Care Center offers classes called “Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery.” The class is free and open to patients of St. Elizabeth. Attendees are welcome to bring a family member or friend.

Preregistration is required through the CARE office at 402-219-7123.

St. Elizabeth has the state’s only Verified Burn Center, awarded by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.  In addition, the hospital offers robotic surgery as well as CyberKnife radiation therapy.

For other information regarding Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, visit the website at www.chihealthstelizabeth.com/

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Helps Rebuild Lives

Since 1958, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital has helped adults and children rebuild their lives from disabling illness or injury and resume their life roles. It is the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska and is the only hospital to have a secured, pediatric rehabilitation unit and all levels of rehabilitative care in one facility.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is a national leader in rehabilitation for brain and spine injuries as well as amputation and burn rehabilitation.

The medical staff includes physiatrists, pediatricians, pulmonologists and internal medicine specialists who work with clinical team to develop personalized rehabilitation care plans. Offering the most CARF-accredited programs in the region for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, Madonna serves more rehabilitation patients than any other facility in the region.

The state-of-the art facility includes the Madonna Research Institute, where exciting projects are shaping the future of rehabilitation. The ICARE, a therapeutic elliptical device created by the Institute, received two U.S. patents and an international award for the innovative technology. The ICARE is being sold to more than 80 countries around the world and several leading rehabilitation facilities throughout the country are now using the ICARE.

Rehabilitation takes place throughout the facility as well as in a 5,000 square foot therapy gym, a warm-water therapeutic pool, an in-house classroom and Independence Square, a simulated community where skills can be practiced in everyday life settings. Convenient, on-campus housing allows family members to stay close to their loved one and actively participate in the rehabilitation process.

For details about Madonna’s rehabilitation services, visit the website at www.madonna.org.

Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital 

The Heart Hospital’s name doesn’t say it all. A leader in cardiac care, it has 20 cardiologists, five surgeons, three anesthesiologists and more than 500 support staff. The team of experts provides care and education designed for each patient’s needs during diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

The name also doesn’t tell you that the Heart Hospital does more than 1,500 interventions, 650 pacemakers, and 900 open-heart procedures annually, using state-of-the art technology.

Additionally, Nebraska Heart prides itself on same day service. This means convenient appointments for patients and information to referring physicians quickly.

For more information, visit the website at www.neheart.com


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