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
Paul is always willing to go the extra mile for staff, patients and families. He is always positive and cares about the patients, as well as is willing to pick up extra shifts when we are short staffed. If you hear a call light, he will be the first one to it and we have had patients ask for him by name.
The compassion Paul has for the patient exemplifies VCHS core values and doesn't stop when he leaves the building. He always goes above and beyond! He may not work for housekeeping anymore, but he is always on his hands and knees cleaning to help the staff out and keep our hospital looking good. We are PROUD in acute care to have Paul working with us by our sides.
Paul, you are a Gold Shining Star!