Emergency Care and Ambulance Services

Ambulance Garage The Emergency Department is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to handle any medical emergency 24/7.

Valley County Health System is designated as a Basic Level Trauma Center. This designation was earned on October 23, 2006. The role of a basic trauma center is to stabilize, prepare and transfer all patients with potentially life threatening injuries. With this level, VCHS is required to maintain certain continuing education for nursing and must have a nurse who has passed the trauma nursing core course available at all times.

Valley County Health System is also part of the Teletrauma system. Teletrauma is a way for our providers to consult with the Good Samaritan Trauma Center in real-time video and audio for care of our patients.

The Valley County Ambulance is an Advanced Life Support ambulance owned by Valley County and managed by Valley County Health System.

The ambulance is under the medical direction of Dr. Jennifer Bengston and direct supervision of Vicki Bredthauer, RN, DON. Paramedic Tammi Knutson is the Valley County Ambulance Manager.

The Valley County Ambulance Service employs three full-time paramedics and eight EMT-T's.

The Ambulance Service is available for BLS/ALS transports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Valley County Ambulance has more than 150 transports each year. Most transports are to Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha.

Associate Recognition

Gold Star Award

Mark Deaton


Mark Deaton started the Respiratory Therapy Department at Valley County Hospital 25 years ago. Since then, he has worked at many other hospitals, including Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. We are very fortunate that he has returned to VCHS. Since we have hired Mark, he has taken the bull by the horns and suggested several new process changes that needed to be implemented. In addition, he has also tackled the annual FIT testing for our associates. He is a self-starter and his positive attitude in the midst of a stressful situation is admirable! Thanks Mark for all that you are doing and have already done for VCHS…we are glad to have you back after all this time!

 Congratulations Mark, you are a Gold Shining Star!


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