The Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) is comprised of the Omaha VA Medical Center, and community based facilities and clinics throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa, including Grand Island, Lincoln, North Platte, Holdrege, Norfolk, Bellevue and O’Neill in Nebraska, and Shenandoah Clinic in Iowa.
Affiliations include the University of Nebraska Medical Center and College of Medicine, along with allied health programs in Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Physician Assistant, Dietetics, Nurse Practitioner; and Creighton University Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Allied Health, Occupational Therapy Nursing .
The Grand IslandMedical Center is a facility within the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS), and provides outpatient primary, specialty, and mental health care and residential substance abuse center with 18 beds. Additionally, the facility has a CT scanner, Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) clinic, pain clinic, polytrauma clinic, and audiology and ophthalmology clinics. A new dental clinic was opened in May 2011. A Community Living Center with 76 beds provides short stay rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, respite and long term care. A five bed hospice and palliative care unit is now available within the Community Living Center for end-of-life care for our veterans. A transitional house for homeless Veterans was recently opened. The Grand Island Division focuses on ambulatory and extended care, including geriatric and rehabilitation services.
Approximately 6,332 combat Veterans are enrolled in NWIHCS. A statewide OEF/OIF/OND team proactively addresses the special health and mental health needs of these Veterans by providing education and clinical care. The staff participates in outreach events in Nebraska and Western Iowa, to provide briefings about mental health, Traumatic Brain Injury, primary care issues and transitioning to civilian life after deployments. VA staff assists Veterans to complete applications for enrollment at post-deployment briefings and provides them appointments for primary care and/or mental health. Transition Clinics are located at the Omaha VAMC, Lincoln, and Grand Island facilities in outpatient clinics which provide primary care, mental health and case-management services. NWIHCS has designated providers trained at each CBOC and facility to provide consistent health care to returning combat Veterans. NWIHCS provides evaluations for Traumatic Brain Injuries to returning veterans in our Polytrauma Clinics located in Lincoln, Grand Island, and a clinic at the Center Mall in Omaha.VA Central Office is seeking proposals interested in building homeless housing, affordable housing, senior-living housing, or assisted-living housingon 6 acres of Grand Island VA land under the Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative. VA plans to lease the prospective site for up to 75 years. At the end of the term, the leased property and improvements revert to the VA.