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The primary function of CHI Health Good Samaritan's Trauma Program is to promote high-quality care of trauma patients from time of injury through dismissal from the hospital. In addition, the hospital is actively involved in trauma prevention efforts in Kearney and surrounding communities.
CHI Health Good Samaritan is designated as an Advanced Level II Trauma Center by the Nebraska Statewide Trauma System, which demonstrates the ability to meet stringent criteria reflecting commitment, excellence and assurance of high quality care for all trauma patients. Good Samaritan is also designated as a primary stroke center.
Many people have the misconception that trauma care involves only the ambulance system and the emergency department, but it actually involves much more. As a trauma center, CHI Health Good Samaritan provides all the resources needed to care for injured patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation phase, including staff, equipment and expertise. Care of trauma patients is a team effort involving everyone in the hospital from housekeeping to X-ray, and from pharmacy to physicians.
AirCare proudly provides service to central Nebraska and northern Kansas, transporting patients to destination facilities in cities such as Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha, Wichita, Kansas City and Denver. Our experienced flight teams are ready to take off at a moment’s notice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The trauma program serves as an educational and clinical resource for local and regional trauma service providers, including physicians, nurses, paramedics and other clinical personnel involved in the care of injured patients. This is accomplished through such activities as workshops, presentations and regularly updated mailings to communities in the surrounding referral area.
In addition, trauma prevention efforts in Kearney and surrounding communities help boost public awareness through many forums including bike rodeos, classes promoting responsible decision-making -- seat belt use and drinking and driving, car seat safety and numerous other programs.
The Dr. Kenton L. Shaffer Emergency Care Center at CHI Health Good Samaritan is also always available and is equipped to treat critical illnesses and serious injuries.