The primary function of Good Samaritan Hospital's Trauma Program is to promote high-quality care of trauma patients from time of injury through dismissal from Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition, the hospital is actively involved in trauma prevention efforts in Kearney and surrounding communities.
Good Samaritan Hospital is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level II Trauma Center. Verification by the ACS demonstrates that Good Samaritan Hospital has met stringent criteria reflecting committment, excellence and assurance of high quality care for all trauma patients.
Many people have the misconception that trauma care involves only the ambulance system and the emergency department, but it actulally involves much more. As a trauma center, GSH 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.
The trauma program's comprehensive quality improvement program assures constant surveillance of the overall program as well as individual patient care. This attention to detail keeps the trauma program running in top-notch form.
Good Samaritan Hospital is one of only a handful of hospitals in the nation that operates both a ground and air ambulance service as part of our trauma program and in support of the other medical specialties offered by our facility. Our ground ambulance service provides emergency Advanced Life Support response to Buffalo County and surrounding communities as well as long distance basic, advanced and critical care transportation of patients from one facility to another throughout Nebraska. Good Samaritan AirCare, our organization’s air ambulance service, provides both inter-facility and scene response for critically ill and injured patients throughout central Nebraska and northern Kansas. Good Samaritan Hospital is proud of its long-standing relationship with Rodgers Helicopter Services, LLC in providing our air ambulance operation to this region for more than three decades.
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 awarenesss 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.