What is CHI Health's SANE Program?

June 08, 2018


CHI Health's SANE program provides care to patients affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. SANE stands for sexual assault nurse examiner. Our 6 hospitals in the Omaha, NE metropolitan area have a forensic nurse on call 24/7 in order to meet the needs of those within the community affected by violence. Our goal is to increase awareness and collaborate with community partners to reduce the physical and psychological trauma associated with these crimes. In the first 6 months of 2018 we have provided care to more than 180 patients.

CHI Health also has SANE programs in Grand Island at CHI Health St. Francis and in Lincoln at CHI Health St. Elizabeth as well as dedicated nurses at many of our critical access hospitals.

SANE Nurse Kathy Tremel states that, "Being an advocate for those who need help has always been a passion of mine. Which is what led me to SANE nursing. Knowing I can walk into an exam room when a victim is at their worst moment ever and give them even the slightest amount of hope is the most rewarding feeling I have ever felt. Giving them back the smallest amount of control at that moment is a feeling I can’t describe." 

SANE Program Supervisor Jodi Hayes states, "CHI Health is dedicated to providing patient centered, trauma informed care to those in need and those most vulnerable. This is demonstrated through the development of the CHI Health SANE Program." 

SANE Nurse Kelly Orsi states, "Helping people who are in the darkest spot begin to feel the light, reassuring their faith in compassion and humanity." 

SANE Nurse Cathleen Evans said, "What I find most rewarding is being able to provide immediate help to a community that is underserved and needs an advocate."