Beginning Sept. 4, Nebraska Medicine will close its inpatient burn unit, instead sending patients to CHI Health St. Elizabeth in Lincoln.
St. Elizabeth has the region's only verified burn center in Nebraska and one of 66 throughout the country.
Nebraska Medicine will continue to stabilize burn patients at its 24/7 trauma center before transferring them to St. Elizabeth if needed.
“This decision was made after much careful research and discussion,” said Nebraska Medicine Chief Medical Officer Harris Frankel, MD. “As we transition away from inpatient burn treatment, residents of the Omaha Metro can be assured that our emergency and trauma response for burn patients will be as strong as ever, as will our outpatient clinic care. We’ll work closely with the staff at St. Elizabeth to make sure burn patients receive the right care in the right center.”