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Nebraska Heart continues to participate as leaders in the fields of cardiac, vascular and thoracic care.

Here, you will find links to press releases as well as published articles and television stories. These feature physicians and staff involved with FDA clinical trials as well as services, medications, and devices the Heart Institute and Heart Hospital provide for patients in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease.

For more information on any of these subjects, please contact the Nebraska Heart Institute at (402) 489-6555.

For media inquiries, please contact the Nebraska Heart public relations department at (402) 328-3940.

Nominate now for the DAISY Award

The nomination forms are out for you to honor the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.

Fill out this nomination form and send to the address indicated on the form.… learn more

Cardiac Education Classes

Join our December 13 Cardiac Education Class, What to Do if Symptoms of a Heart Attack or Stroke.
Learn more about the class.… learn more

CHI Health Scholarship Programs

CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers many scholarships. If you are interested in applying, click on the flyer below for more information on the application process and to learn about each scholarship.

The Jong G. Yiee Scholarship is for students who are high school seniors and reside in the Lincoln-Lancaster county area. The Foundation is now accepting applications now through April … learn more

Fast Facts for Heart Health


DYK? Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health. And it’s free!

Also, your heart beats 100,000 times every day.

A woman’s average heart beat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats a minute.

Start you. Eating more fruits and vegetables as a child may mean a healthier heart years later.

Happiness helps lower your … learn more

NHI Patient Portal

Available on Dec. 22, 2016

Our new NextGen patient portal helps you take charge of your health by providing secure online access to your medical record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A NextGen account allows you to:

  • View your medical record
  • Send a message to your doctor’s office
  • View lab and test results
  • Easily access medical records
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Nebraska Heart Rated Five Star Hospital

James McCullough was so convinced he wouldn’t make it to his 50th wedding anniversary, he and his wife had a huge bash for their 40th.

The Vietnam veteran had been plagued by one heart problem after another; he blamed it on the Agent Orange he was exposed to during the war. First he underwent a triple bypass. Then he had … learn more

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Heart Failure Academy

This two-hour, educational class empowers you to make heart healthy lifestyle changes. Taught by our heart failure experts, you will learn how you can feel better and live longer with proper nutrition, exercise, health goals, medications and more.

Free. Open to anyone diagnosed with heart failure, their family and coach.

Classes offered weekly at CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Nebraska … learn more

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NHI Receives IAC Echocardiography Accreditation

What’s the number one cause of death in the United States? Cardiovascular disease. Approximately every 40 seconds, an American dies due to a heart/blood vessel disorder. And the American Heart Association estimates the annual cost of this disease to be over $503 billion (2010).

What’s the solution? Early detection. Heart (and other life-threatening) diseases can be identified through the use … learn more

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Nebraska Heart Performs State’s First Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure Without General Anesthesia

On May 12, 2015, the Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Valve Team successfully performed the state’s first Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) without general anesthesia; meaning that the patient was awake during the entire procedure using conscious sedation. The TAVR procedure was performed at the CHI Health Nebraska Heart in Lincoln, Neb,. on a 78-year old patient from southeast Nebraska.

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Chest Pain Center

Our Chest Pain Center offers access to around-the-clock care and counseling following your discharge from the Heart Hospital. webhosting data . bank machines . cnn site downlearn more

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Nebraska Heart Hospital Ranks Highly in Readmission Rate Study

Nebraska Heart Hospital’s readmission rates following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are better than the CathPCI Registry rate, according to data released on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website. NHH is one of more than 300 hospitals that chose to participate in this voluntary hospital public reporting pilot program, the result of a partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Yale New … learn more

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Nebraska Heart Hospital Recognized as Community Value 100® Hospital by Cleverley + Associates

Nebraska Heart Hospital was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates. Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies, released the findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry – 2013 Edition.

“In our mission of health ministry, we feel it is … learn more

The Nebraska Heart Hospital has been one of the nation's premier cardiac and vascular facilities in the nation for the last ten years.
Nebraska Heart Hospital Celebrates Ten Years of Patient Care and Service to the Region

The Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital is celebrating its ten-year anniversary.  The doors of the Hospital opened officially May 5, 2003 when patients began receiving care at Nebraska’s first heart hospital.  Throughout the last ten years, the Hospital has achieved many memorable milestones and has been awarded numerous accolades for quality patient care.

The Nebraska Heart Hospital has been one

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Nebraska Heart Institute One of the First Sites in Nebraska to Offer LARIAT™ Procedure

Nebraska Heart Institute (NHI) is one of the first sites in Nebraska and one of only a few in the nation to treat patients with a new catheter-based procedure that uses sutures to tie off the left atrial appendage (LAA), which is known to be a major source of blood clots that may lead to stroke in patients with atrial … learn more

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Nebraska Heart Hospital Among 2% in the Nation to Achieve Both 2013 Healthgrades Honors for Patient Safety Excellence and Outstanding Patient Experience

Nebraska Heart Hospital announced today that it has achieved the unique distinction of being the recipient of two Healthgrades 2013 awards:  the 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and the 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™.  Less than 2% of the nation’s hospitals achieve this unique recognition, with only 72 hospitals performing at the levels required to distinguish their organization in these … learn more

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Nebraska Heart Hospital’s Hybrid Operating Suite the First in Lincoln

The Nebraska Heart Hospital took another step forward for patient care in 2013 with the opening of Lincoln’s first cardiac hybrid operating suite in January of this year. The new suite provides the tools and space necessary to provide the best cardiac and vascular care possible. The suite combines the quality imaging capability found in a traditional heart catheterization lab … learn more

Nebraska Heart Rated # 1 in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services And One of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

The Nebraska Heart Hospital’s cardiac program has been named the # 1 program in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services – having received this recognition for eight years in a row. Additionally, the Hospital received the “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery” award for the second straight year. Both of these accolades were bestowed upon the Heart Hospital by HealthGrades, … learn more

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NH Performs One of the first TAVR Replacement Procedures in U.S.

On December 14th, 2011, The Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Valve Team successfully performed the first two commercial cases to replace a patient’s aortic valve without utilizing traditional open-heart surgery. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure was performed at the Nebraska Heart Hospital (NHH) in Lincoln, Neb.

NHH is one of the first hospitals in the United States to treat … learn more

Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery

Nebraska Heart Only Hospital in Nebraska to Offer Breakthrough Treatment for Inoperable Patients with Aortic Stenosis.

Nebraska Heart Hospital has been selected as the first and only hospital in Nebraska to offer aortic valve replacement without open-heart surgery. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure that gives new hope to patients with severe aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the … learn more

Nebraska Heart Hospital Again #1 in NE for Overall Cardiac Services by HealthGrades

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – A report released on October 18 by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Nebraska Heart Hospital #1 in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services and among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for both Overall Cardiac Services and Cardiac Surgery.

Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital passionately support efforts … learn more

Study Places The Nebraska Heart Hospital In The Top Five Percent Nationally For Overall Cardiac Care

October 26, 2010 – HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, announces that the Nebraska Heart Hospital is once again among the top five percent in the nation for Cardiology Services. The nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were all included in this sweeping study that examined mortality and complication rates in the most current available data from the government looking at … learn more

The Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital Is Recognized For Implementing Quality Heart Disease Care

August 18, 2010 – For immediate release

The Nebraska Heart Hospital has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

The Nebraska Heart Hospital and other hospitals from across the U.S. were featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” … learn more

Nebraska Heart Institute To Provide Full-Time Cardiology Services To Columbus And Surrounding Region

August 2, 2010 – For immediate release

Nebraska Heart is excited to announce the association of Ajay Chander, MD. Dr. Chander will begin practice full-time with the Nebraska Heart Institute (NHI) medical staff September 27 and will serve as the primary cardiologist for patient care provided through the NHI Columbus office, located in the Medical Office Building on the Columbus … learn more

The Nebraska Heart Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR)

May 12, 2010 – For immediate release

The Nebraska Heart Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. Approximately 15 percent of the hospitals in the U.S. applied for and received this award. This award marks … learn more

Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital Best in the State and Among Top 5% in Nation for Cardiac Services Outcomes

Nebraska Heart Contacts:
Tom Burnell : Chief Executive Officer
402.304.9555 | tburnell@neheart.com

Becca Eckert : Quality Improvement & Safety Team Leader
402.328.3645 | beckert@neheart.com

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STUDY FINDS NEBRASKA HEART INSTITUTE HEART HOSPITAL BEST IN THE STATE AND AMONG TOP 5% IN NATION FOR CARDIAC SERVICES OUTCOMES

Receives Specialty Excellence Awards from Leading Healthcare Independent Ratings Organization

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Nebraska Heart Institute Is First In Nebraska

September 3, 2009; For immediate release – Recently, the Nebraska Heart Institute was the first program in Nebraska to implant a new pacemaker equipped with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in a patient’s device or condition. This new technology, developed by St. Jude Medical, improves patient care and allows device follow-up more efficiently and with greater convenience … learn more

Nebraska Heart Receives National Accreditation For Echocardiography Services

The Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital, with locations in Lincoln, Grand Island, Hastings and North Platte, Neb., was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The Nebraska Heart laboratories are part of the first one thousand echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its commitment … learn more

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NHH Receives the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award

The Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital (NHH) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the Heart Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.

NHH first received the American Heart … learn more

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New heart procedure makes U.S. debut in Nebraska

People with diseased hearts live longer these days, but that’s increasing the number of damaged hearts that eventually grow big, floppy and ineffective, a condition called heart failure.

A procedure that made its U.S. debut at the Nebraska Heart Hospital on Friday could grow into a common treatment for heart failure patients who fail typical first-line treatments.

The procedure involves … learn more

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Nebraska Heart Institute First in the Nation to Implant Acorn(TM) Heart Failure Device Minimally Invasively

Lincoln, NE, February 20, 2009 – (HSMN NewsFeed) – Nebraska Heart Institute (NHI) physicians became the first site in the U.S. to perform an implantation of the Acorn Cardiac Support Device (CSD) using a minimally invasive approach. The “heart jacket” or CSD is designed to constrain and support the failing heart muscle.

“The CSD is used for the treatment of … learn more