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, one part-time paramedic, and eight EMT's.
The Ambulance Service is available for BLS/ALS transports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Valley County Ambulance has nearly 200 transports each year. Most transports are to Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha.
Gold Star Award
Keri Brugger and Amber Schulenberg
"Keri started with Heritage July 20. Her therapy skills are a critical asset to the Heritage Program. She offered a way to change the way we do things to make them more patient centered and targeted to the needs of the attendees in the Program. She is active in working closely with our referral sources in order to enhance patient care and provide meaningful treatment. She is very much involved in strengthening treatment services and having a positive impact on our patient population!"
"Amber started her position at Heritage August 17. She integrated into the Program quickly. She has learned the system and compliance issues in a short time. She has organized our electronic files, makes patients welcome, glittered our booth for women’s night out, has a talent for patient scheduling, prepares our day, communicates well about concerns, and all around is cheerful and enthusiastic about her job!"
Congratulations, Keri and Amber!