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
Integrity: In September and October, this person was taking on multiple positions. Her plate was extremely full, but she never complained and then was more than willing to help train a person to take over her previous position.
Professionalism: Even doing her job duties, she is always more than willing to help with what is asked of her, and has taken on more roles, all while still asking “How can I help you?” with a smile on her face. If the weather is bad, she comes in early. She is constantly thinking outside the box with how we can best help our residents.
Respect: She is always willing to listen and give valuable input to resident needs or LTC development.
Compassion: She is compassionate about her work, residents and families that we care for. If she ever needs to be in charge, we can trust her to make the right decisions.
Ownership & Communication: She takes her job role very seriously. To ensure our residents receive the best care needed to meet their needs, she is constantly working on care plans and communicating with the resident’s family members.
COMMITTED TO THE TEAM: She is very committed to our team, is a joy to work with, and has been a big help during our transition at VVLC!
Congratulations, Melanie Hansen! You are a Gold Shining Star!