Letter from the Surgery Department
We save lives when God wills it. As trauma surgeons, we make life-saving decisions every day with little information and without the luxury of time. Our rewards come from a simple thank you, a smile, a handshake or perhaps a hug. And that’s why we get up, go to work and do it all over again the next day.
At CHI Health, we’re proud of where we’ve been and excited about where we’re going. We’ve pioneered significant firsts in the region. The first to offer a new minimally invasive solution for hemorrhage control, the first to perform chest wall reconstruction and the first to bring a network of trauma centers together – providing critical access to Nebraska and southwest Iowa. And it all started in the 1970s with another first – the first to open a trauma center, long before hospitals across the country considered one.
CHI Health’s trauma program includes a Level I Trauma Center at Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy in Omaha, a Level II Trauma Center at Good Samaritan in Kearney and two Level III Trauma Centers – one at St. Francis in Grand Island and the other at Mercy in Council Bluffs. They are staffed by nationally and internationally recognized trauma experts who are only part of the equation. The teamwork begins outside our trauma walls with the first responders – EMS, firefighters and police. We save lives because they are as dedicated as we are. This edition of microscope tells our story.
Robert Fitzgibbons, Jr., MD, FACS
Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS (England), KM Chief, Division of Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Professor and Vice-Chairman Department of Surgery