Research Stretches from Omaha Metro to Central Nebraska

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CHI Health offers a full spectrum of research opportunities and efforts to discover, develop and optimize high quality patient care.

“We are very fortunate at CHI Health to have clinical research resources available through our existing research department and look forward to the collaborative development of the Creighton University Research Exchange (CURE),” said Kayleen Joyce, MS, CCRC, research director for CHI Health. “CURE will provide an infrastructure to support participation in research opportunities for physician investigators wanting to answer their own research questions or apply to external funding.”

CHI Health has clinical research staff that supports the Omaha facilities and clinics on the Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy campus and at other CHI Health locations.

In Omaha, CHI Health has a regulatory staff that maintains investigator and research staff training documents and provides Internal Review Board (IRB) submission assistance. The research start-up team handles all research budgets and contracts, which includes working with legal services and outside counsel to negotiate study agreements that contain required CHI provisions and negotiate study budgets with third parties.

Omaha’s research coordinators, many whom are tenured nurses and certified clinical research coordinators, are deployed across several service lines with the most active areas being cardiology, oncology, nephrology, gastroenterology, surgery, pulmonary and women’s health.

The CHI Health Nebraska Heart Clinical Research team is dedicated to conducting clinical research trials to advance treatments for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Nebraska Heart has been involved in clinical research since 1995 and its staff has 80+ years of combined clinical research experience.

The Nebraska Heart Research medical director is Peter Gallagher, MD. Cardiologists, surgeons and anesthesiologists serve as investigators for various studies. The research department also includes nurses, clinical exercise physiologists, certified clinical research coordinators and a financial analyst.

The team is actively involved in Lincoln at the CHI Health Nebraska Heart Medical Office, the CHI Health Nebraska Heart Hospital, and at its outpatient clinics in Hastings and Grand Island.

“Our involvement in inpatient and outpatient phase IIIV clinical research studies has contributed substantially to the advancement of medicine as well as the development of new drugs, devices and therapies,” said Corey Godfrey, MSPE, CCRC, research manager at Nebraska Heart. Research programs at the community level can enhance the patient care experience. 

Paul Edwards serves as a CHI Health research manager, working at CHI Health St. Elizabeth, and also oversees research at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney and CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island.

At St. Elizabeth, Edwards said research is mainly focused on burn trauma, wound care, NICU and interventional radiology. The St. Elizabeth Regional Burn and Wound Center is internationally recognized for outstanding research and providing the latest treatments and procedures for serious burns or for wounds that won’t heal.

While located in smaller population centers, Edwards said Good Samaritan and St. Francis both possess experienced and dedicated research staffs. Research at Good Samaritan and St. Francis focuses mainly on oncology and both programs participate in the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

Peter Gallagher, MD