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
Mary is always willing to help where ever needed. She is always smiling and makes everyone feel welcomed. Mary takes time out of busy work day to lend a hand to Co-Associates and patients.
Mary noticed that a couple was having quite a time getting to acute care to visit a patient. They sat for a while admiring the beautiful scenery and after a moment of catching their breath the gentleman asked Mary if they could borrow a wheel chair. Mary being Mary responded "Wait here for one minute." She re-appeared with a wheel chair and wheeled the visiting lady to the room of the patient that they were here to visit. Her husband walking beside his wife as they journeyed down the hall. Happy conversation, smiles and laughter took the place of a difficult journey.
Mary showed, compassion, ownership, respect, integrity and most of all shared a great moment of trust with the visiting couple. People taking care of people, that's why we all are here! Mary you are a Gold Shining Star!