Leah James, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Benefits of Breastfeeding Program Extend Beyond Babies and Moms


Community Benefit

You may know that breastfeeding is best for the health of baby and mom. But did you know breastfeeding also reduces health care costs, decreases absenteeism and increases workplace productivity and morale for moms and dads? It’s even better for the environment.   According to data from Lincoln’s two maternity care hospitals, 91% of moms intend to breastfeed. By receiving consistent breastfeeding information and by having access to appropriate breastfeeding management when issues arise, moms are able to meet their breastfeeding goals and feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in the process.    Every day we work with breastfeeding moms — some first-time parents, some knowing they want to breastfed, others undecided. A story that captures the reason why I … Continue reading

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Alicia Gentle, BSN, RN-CEN

YouTurn Program Reaches Into the Community to Reduce Violent Crime


Community Benefit

When it comes to violence, there’s rarely just one victim. Research has shown violence’s adverse effects extend beyond the immediate victim to impact families, communities, neighborhoods and schools. In fact, exposure to violence alone has been linked to chronic disease, mental health issues and lower quality of life, plus increased risk of continuing the cycle of violence and disease. We as health care professionals see the destruction violence causes firsthand. That’s why we are passionate about reducing the number of violent crimes and injuries that present to the Trauma Center here at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy, as well as our Emergency Departments, and city wide. One way is through a partnership with the organization YouTurn. … Continue reading

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Claudia Lanuza

Mental Health in Rural America: Improving Access and Overcoming Taboos


Community Benefit, Mental Health

Mental Illness impacts one in four people in America and has devastating effects on the health and well-being of individuals. People struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems are unable to live full lives and fully function within communities. Many times, individuals don’t receive the care they need because it either isn’t available or it is a seen as “taboo” to seek treatment. CHI Health Schuyler knows this needs to change and that’s why we are working with many partners, through the Colfax County Behavioral Health Coalition, to make a difference in both physical and mental health for all of our community. Access to care is a critical aspect of mental health and Colfax County, like most rural counties … Continue reading

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Jodi Hayes, RN, BC, SANE-A

Sexual/Domestic Trauma: SANE Brings Compassionate Intervention to Those in Crisis


Community Benefit

One in six. That’s how many women in the U.S. are sexually assaulted, according to statistics. In fact, every 98 seconds in the US. there’s another victim of sexual assault, and one in 10 of them are male. How about one in three, and one in four? That’s how many women and men, respectively, are victims of intimate partner violence. What if each and every one had a specially-trained ally in the emergency department or the hospital? That’s the revelation behind CHI Health’s SANE program. SANE stands for sexual assault nurse examiner. These nurses are specially trained in crisis intervention, and provide: Injury detection and treatment Health care pertaining to sexual assaults (sexually transmitted infection screening, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception) … Continue reading

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