Emergency Care and Ambulance Services
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.
Gold Star Award
Regardless of the day, Nicole never waivers! She steps up and is always willing to help out both the Specialty Clinic and Medical Clinic if called upon. Although Nicole’s office is across the hallway and surrounded by Administrative and IT, she is always willing to lend help to take care of patients. “No” is not in Nicole’s vocabulary when it comes to helping out the team across the hallway. Nicole exemplifies integrity by always being professional in her patient care. She is VERY compassionate to all of her patients. She has an extra personal “touch” of TLC towards the patients she deals with. She always shows ownership for her work and won’t rest until the job is done and done right! She is very respectful to her patients, her co-workers and to the providers she works along side. Last but not least, she is very trustworthy! She is fair and truthful in all she does. Nicole’s willingness to help should be modeled by everyone at VCHS, and we are glad she is on our team!
Congratulations, Nicole! You are a Gold Shining Star!!