- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Catholic Health Initiatives officials say they’re confident that Creighton University Medical Center’s trauma center soon will be certified for Level 1 patients, after a state review team found no deficiencies.

The team visited the Omaha hospital on Wednesday, and the CHI Health officials said they’ll ask that the final report be expedited.

Leah Bucco-White, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, said department officials are awaiting the team’s report, which will be shared with a statewide advisory board and the state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Joseph Acierno. He will make the decision on the designation, Bucco-White said. She said she couldn’t comment on what the review team found.

Both Creighton and the Nebraska Medical Center had sought to be designated as Level 1 trauma centers, a status that Nebraska Medical Center gained in September.

But Acierno told Creighton early last month that a review team found in October that the trauma center failed to meet four out of the more than 160 standards that must be satisfied for the Level 1 designation. The team also said Creighton should have submitted its application for a new program, not as an application for redesignation of the existing program.

Trauma centers treat people who require immediate and intensive attention, and Level 1 patients may need resuscitation or establishment of an airway.

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