As a certified Level III trauma center, Great Plains offers the greatest depth and breadth of advanced specialties and emergency services in west central Nebraska. Open 24/7, our 12-bed emergency care center is one of the most experienced in the region, serving more than 17,000 children and adults each year.
Our emergency physicians are board-certified in emergency medicine and are supported by a medical staff who, combined, are board-certified in more than 28 specialties. We are staffed by dedicated emergency department nurses, many of whom hold advanced certifications in emergency care.
Our center is supported by a round-the-clock comprehensive diagnositic imaging program (complete with 64-slice CT and MRI) and a surgical intensive care unit. If ever the need arises, we are home to Nebraska's only Joint Commission designated Primary Stroke Center and interventional heart and vascular center west of Kearney.
Whether you come through our doors via private vehicle, ambulance or medical air transport, we stand ready to serve you with the highest level of care and compassion.
Making your visit as quick and comfortable as possible is among our highest priority. Our average emergency department wait time is significantly less than the national average of more than four hours.
Upon arrival, please check in with the registration clerk, who will send you to a triage room. There a triage nurse will obtain your vital signs, gather information about your symptoms, or injury, and obtain your past medical history.
Depending on your condition, you will be sent to the registration area or immediately brought back to the patient care area. This process assures that the most seriously ill patients are seen by the physician first. This means that some patients may be seen out of order of arrival. We will make every effort to see you as quickly as possible.
Having accurate information about you, your symptoms and medical history are critical to providing excellent care. Our nurses, staff and physicians will ask you many questions to ensure they have as complete a picture as possible. We encourage you to be open in all your communications with the medical staff concerning any health or well being issues. As required by law, all information provided is confidential.
To help the staff to assess and treat you, make sure you tell them: