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Advisory Board Appoints Nurse as Nebraska Medicine Interim CEO
The Advisory Board for Nebraska Medicine today named Rosanna Morris, MBA, BSN, RN as the interim chief executive officer of Nebraska Medicine. Morris, a registered nurse, has been with the organization for seven years.  More...

Med Center Named Huntington's Center of Excellence
The Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) has designated Nebraska Medicine/UNMC as one of its 29 centers of excellence.  More...

Routine Colonoscopy Leads to Shocking Diagnosis
It started on the first anniversary of 9/11. Duane Johnson, a retired schoolteacher, wanted to make a difference. He stopped by a local Red Cross blood drive and rolled up his sleeves. From there on out, it became a trend.  More...

3D Mammography Offers Better Chance for Cancer Detection
Nebraska Medicine is excited to offer 3D mammography for breast cancer screening at the Olson Center for Women’s Health.  More...

Ebola course for the general public available from UNMC, Nebraska Medicine
The University of Nebraska Medical Center and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, have launched their second free online Ebola education course. The second course, intended for the general public, provides easy-to-understand instruction and resources.  More...

Health Care Worker Transported To Biocontainment Unit for Evaluation
An American health care provider working in West Africa who experienced a possible exposure to the Ebola virus has been transported to Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit for further monitoring, and care if necessary. This person is one of four being monitored for Ebola after an exposure to a patient in Sierra Leone who is now being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  More...

7 Sets of Twins: Record Breaking Week in the NICU
We’re seeing double… seven times! We currently have seven sets of twins in the NICU. That’s a record here at Nebraska Medicine. 9 boys and 5 girls.  More...

CAR T-Cell Therapy Now Offered at Nebraska Medicine
It’s the fifth most common type of cancer in U.S. adults. For years, traditional therapies to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) have included chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell/bone marrow transplant. For the first time, a promising new option will be offered at Nebraska Medicine called Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR T-Cell Therapy).  More...

Patient Exposed To Ebola Virus Here For Observation
An American health care provider working in Sierra Leone who experienced a high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus is in the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine for observation and possible treatment. The patient arrived Sunday aboard a private air ambulance.  More...

Nebraska medicine, UNMC develop clinical, academic affiliation with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Madonna’s Omaha campus also will become the primary training site for a new UNMC-supported residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), the first such program in Nebraska and one of the few in the upper Midwest region.  More...

New Catheter System Navigates and Fixes Arterial Blockage
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulatory problem caused by the build up of plaque in the arteries of the legs. These blockages limit blood flow to the leg muscles, causing pain during activity.  More...

Nebraska Medicine, UNMC Develop Clinical, Academic Affiliation with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Nebraska Medicine and its academic partner, UNMC, have entered into an agreement with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital to provide physician and academic services at the new Madonna rehabilitation and long-term care hospital being built west of Village Pointe.  More...

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Ambulatory Center
The Lauritzen Outpatient Center & Fritch Surgery Center to Become a “Game Changer." Upon completion, it will include more than 100,000 square feet of world-class clinical space.  More...

Third Ebola Patient Dies
The third patient with the Ebola virus to be treated at Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Martin Salia, has regretfully passed away as a result of his disease.  More...

New Heart Procedure Helps Mitral Regurgitation Patients
For 78-year-old Viola Foley, nothing brings a bigger smile to her face than talking about family, country music or Nebraska Medicine.  More...

The Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC Physicians and Bellevue Medical Center now Nebraska Medicine
The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians – once three separate but interconnected organizations – are now Nebraska Medicine.  More...

Ebola Patient Slightly Improved: Father “Cautiously Optimistic”
The condition of Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo, the second patient to be treated for the virus at The Nebraska Medical Center, has shown a very modest improvement from his condition over the past few days. Mukpo has been in stable condition since he arrived here October 6.  More...

Ebola Patient Dr. Rick Sacra Leaving The Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Rick Sacra, the patient who has been treated at The Nebraska Medical Center for the Ebola virus over the last three weeks, has left his room in the Biocontainment Unit and will soon head home. The CDC confirmed that two separate blood samples taken from Dr. Sacra 24 hours apart show the virus is no longer in his bloodstream.  More...

New Outpatient Surgery, Clinic and Research Facilities Announced for Midtown and West Omaha Med Center Campuses
Thanks to support from generous community donors, The Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are proud to announce plans for a new outpatient center at its midtown campus and at Village Pointe Medical Center.  More...

State of Nebraska Certifies The Nebraska Medical Center as a Comprehensive Level Trauma Center
Less than one month after beginning to offer full-time trauma coverage, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned Comprehensive Level status with the State of Nebraska. State inspectors visited the medical center in July, just before it began offering 24/7 trauma care. Among the medical center’s strengths cited in the report: the development of a full-time pediatric trauma program, close working relationships with local rehabilitation facilities and regional education and outreach programs.  More...

UPDATE: Dr. Sacra Becomes Official Husker Fan
Doctors caring for Dr. Rick Sacra, the man who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in West Africa say his condition continues to improve.  More...

Family Offers Update On Condition Of Patient With Ebola Virus
Debbie Sacra says her husband has been able to eat and is listening to music today after spending another night undergoing treatment for the Ebola virus inside the Biocontainment Unit at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  More...

Quotes From Sept 7 Press Briefing With Doctors Caring For Patient With Ebola Virus
Phil Smith, MD, medical director of the biocontainment unit at The Nebraska Medical Center, and Angela Hewlett, MD associate medical director of the unit, shared some thoughts today about the patient’s progress, both medically and personally.  More...

Open letter to patients, families and visitors from medical center leadership
As you may have heard, an American doctor serving on a medical mission in Liberia tested positive for the Ebola virus and was recently transported back to the United States for treatment. At the request of the U.S. State Department, we are currently treating this patient here at The Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.  More...

Patient With Ebola Virus Being Brought To The Nebraska Medical Center
The U.S. State Department has asked for assistance from The Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center in caring for an American doctor who was working in West Africa when he tested positive for the Ebola virus.  More...

Med Center Receives $10 Million Grant To Use Telehealth To Help More Than 3000 Patients In Omaha
For many patients, being diabetic can come with a laundry list of medical complications. Many of which require repeated trips to the emergency room or extended stays in the hospital to remedy.  More...

Grateful Trauma Patient Overcomes Obstacles
It was a crisp Tuesday in November; perfect football weather for high school senior Isaac Pfeifer. As a starting outside linebacker and fullback for Norfolk Catholic, Isaac remembers the day being memorable on and off the field.  More...

Trauma Patient Survives Tragic Accident
They had plans. Big plans. Ones they were excited about. But, sometimes plans don’t always work out. For 18-year-old Alisa Robertson and her friend, 19-year-old Sarah Bryhan that’s exactly what happened.  More...

U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks The Nebraska Medical Center as One of America's Best Hospitals
U.S. News & World Report surveyed nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide to come up with this year’s list of Best Hospitals. For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the hospitals analyzed for Best Hospitals earned national ranking in even one specialty.  More...

The Nebraska Medical Center Named To List Of 100 Great Hospitals In America
Becker's Hospital Review has published the 2014 edition of "100 Great Hospitals in America," a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused healthcare facilities in the nation. For the first time, The Nebraska Medical Center is on the list – a list that includes the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General and Cleveland Clinic, among others. The Nebraska Medical Center is the only hospital in Nebraska on the list.  More...