For Our Blue Cross/Blue Shield Patients
Don’t pass up a CHI Health ER because you are worried it won’t be covered. Emergencies – regardless of your health insurance plan are covered by law. If you or a loved one is in need of emergency care go to the closest ER, including CHI Health - your health and safety are our priority. If you have additional questions, please call 1-888-245-4442.
CHI Health Care departments are equipped to treat critical illnesses and serious injuries. Conveniently located throughout Omaha, Council Bluffs and in Papillion, our Emergency Rooms (ERs) are staffed by physicians who specialize in emergency medicine and nurses who are specially trained to treat emergency cases. All six metro Emergency Care departments are staffed 24 hours a day and have accredited Chest Pain and Stroke Centers. Our accreditation in Chest Pain and Stroke means that our staff is specially trained to quickly diagnose and treat chest pain and strokes, allowing patients to quickly receive the level of care that is most appropriate for their condition.
Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC)'s Level I Trauma Center provides the highest level of trauma, surgical and critical care. Our team of nationally and internationally respected experts stands ready to take care of patients with traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Creighton University Medical Center was the second hospital in the U.S. and is the only hospital in the region recognized by the Joint Commission for its management of orthopedic trauma. CUMC earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety orthopedic trauma care. The Trauma Center staff also is trained specifically in the care of the orthopedic trauma patients.
Locations and Directions
CHI Health Emergency Care departments are conveniently located throughout the metro area within our full-service hospitals in Omaha, Council Bluffs and in Papillion, as well in CHI Health hospitals located in Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Map our Emergency Care locations.
Chest Pain CentersAn accredited Chest Pain Center is located within the emergency departments of five CHI Health metro hospitals. The accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is awarded to hospitals demonstrating expertise and commitment to quality patient care and treatment of chest pain.
This center serves as a triage point to quickly diagnose and treat chest pain, allowing patients to receive the level of care that is most appropriate for their condition.
- Those who are experiencing a full-blown heart attack immediately receive intervention therapies and are sent to a coronary-care unit.
- Lower risk patients can be sent to an observation unit or be treated on an outpatient basis.
- Those whose chest pain is not related to a heart condition can return home with greater peace of mind.
Heart Attack Symptoms
Chest pain is not something anyone should take lightly. Know the signs of a heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms may also occur.
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
Should any of these symptoms occur, don’t waste time – call 911.
Heart Disease Risk AssessmentHeart disease kills more men and women each year than any other illness. Heart disease develops from the build-up of plaque (cholesterol and other material) in your heart's blood vessels. This disease process is called atherosclerosis. It can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems.
You won't necessarily know if you have heart disease until it has progressed a fair amount. Nonetheless, you should be aware of your risk factors and try to control them. If you do have risk factors, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of developing serious problems. Are you at risk for heart disease? Take the heart disease risk assessment.
Primary Stroke CentersAs Certified Primary Stroke Centers, six metro CHI Health Hospitals follow nationally recognized standards and guidelines for stroke care, which can significantly improve patient outcomes and limit the long-term effects of the illness. Comprehensive stroke services include specialized emergency and inpatient care, physical rehabilitation and comprehensive outpatient therapy.
Stroke Warning Signs
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Stroke Risk AssessmentStroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke is damage to an area of the brain that occurs from disrupted blood flow. This disturbance cuts off the supply of oxygen to the cells in that part of the brain, and these cells begin to die.
Anybody can have a stroke, but certain factors place you at higher risk. Some factors that increase your risk of stroke cannot be changed. The good news, however, is that many risk factors are linked to lifestyle and are, therefore, under your control. Are you at risk? Take the stroke risk assessment.