Lincoln Hospitals Care for Your Health

by Judy Shutts

Lincoln hospitals do more than care for the sick and injured. The hospitals serve in emergencies, welcome new babies into the world, do life-enhancement procedures and provide rehabilitation for patients from across the nation.

Bryan Health

Bryan Health is a Nebraska governed, non-profit health system that cares for patients, educates tomorrow’s healthcare providers and motivates the community with fitness and health programs. Its award-winning network of doctors, hospitals and medical providers has more than 4,000 staff members. A statewide network brings care and treatment directly to rural communities through mobile diagnostic and treatment services, telemedicine services, specialized heart care clinics, telehealth mental health counseling and more.

Bryan Medical Center, 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. The healthcare professionals at these locations 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 and vascular care, Bryan Heart continues to be on the leading edge of research and heart surgery.

Bryan Women’s 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.

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.

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

  • 3D Mammography technology to help detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage.
  • Bryan Health eVisit, a new 24/7 online virtual urgent care option for common minor illnesses. Go to
  • Bryan Independence Center offers treatment programs and advanced care for those battling substance abuse addictions.
  • Baratric (weight loss) surgery helps patients lead a healthier lifestyle, with clients shedding a combined 6,000 pounds.
  • Free, confidential online health screens help keep individuals proactive (

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CHI Health St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth focuses value-based health care. That means providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place. For example, nurse navigators follow up with patients when they go home from the hospital. They are health coaches who help patients with diseases or the aftermath of a knee or hip replacement.

Jami Blair, public relation coordinator said, “We’re trying to simplify things for the patients. Healthcare can be confusing.”

This transformation in healthcare is advantageous in several ways. A value-based payment system centers on quality outcomes for patients at a lower cost. All the players work together toward this goal. The result is fewer readmissions and happier patients. “We’re really seeing higher satisfactory rates from patients,” Blair said.

A new skin cancer treatment is available at St. Elizabeth. It has a fancy name—HDR brachytherapy —and allows precise treatment without surgery. It is more favorable than surgery because skin cancer often occurs in highly visible areas.

St. Elizabeth also offers a big advancement in the treatment of liver cancer. It’s called Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT). The radiation is delivered directly to the tumor, which spares healthy tissue. It has proven to be a powerful weapon against liver cancer.

In addition to medical care, the Breast Care Center offers a class 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.

St. Elizabeth delivers approximately 2,000 babies each year. The Advanced Baby Center now has a convenient-located bistro and a room for families to gather around a fireplace. The NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is recognized for its exceptional care. It is the first in the nation to receive two Gold Seals from the Joint Commission for excellence in pre-term labor and premature baby care.

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

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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

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 its surrounding states, is one of the largest independent rehabilitation hospitals in the country, 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 specialized rehabilitation programs for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and neurological diseases, and pulmonary conditions, for children and adults.

The medical staff includes physiatrists, pediatricians, pulmonologists and internal medicine specialists who work with the patient’s 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.

Madonna will expand its services with a new Omaha campus in the fall of 2016. The $93.6 million project is a 110-bed, freestanding rehabilitation hospital, bringing world-class rehabilitation to Omaha. Together, with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, planning for the development of a new physical medicine and rehabilitation department is the first step in establishing a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program. The new hospital will serve as the primary training site for these residents.

For details about Madonna’s rehabilitation services, visit the website at

Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital

The Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital is moving forward to provide excellent health care. Its team has increased to 23 cardiologists, seven surgeons, four anesthesiologists and more than 500 support staff to serve even more people.

The Structural Heart Program is a partnership between interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who work together to provide the best solutions and outcomes for patients with structural heart issues, such as arrhythmia and heart valve problems.

The hospital recruited doctors and nurses with specialized training and implanted the first Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) in Nebraska last year. The VAD is a mechanical pump that supports heart function and blood flow.

The Heart Hospital is expanding its reach into northeast Nebraska. In the last year, it has opened four new clinics in O’Neill, Ainsworth, Atkinson, and Bassett.

For more information about the Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital, visit the website at

Lincoln Surgical Hospital is one of the top small hospitals in the nation. Located at 1710 South 70th Street, it has received many awards for its impeccable service and care. Rated one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for patient experience by women, it also ranked on top in Nebraska for joint replacement and overall in-patient satisfaction.

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