|Saint Elizabeth Rural Health Services|
Saint Elizabeth Health Services began as a department with one person and has grown to five employees. Southeast Nebraska Mobile Diagnostic Services, Inc. (SENMDS) is an entity of Health Services. SENMDS currently has 16 employees.
Janelle Ali-Dinar is the director of Rural Health Services/Rural Health Strategy. Other staff members include: Amy Thimm, RN, BSN, MSHSM, Rural Health Coordinator, Diane Vogel, Telehealth Coordinator, Bobbie Parde, Secretary, and Ellen Egeberg, Office Coordinator.
Rural Health Services currently contracts with three hospitals (Pawnee County Memorial Hospital/ Pawnee City, Litzenberg Memorial Hospital/Central City and Thayer County Health Services/Hebron) for the services of an administrator and various other support consultant services to assist in the operation of these facilities. Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center/Osceola has an agreement with Saint Elizabeth Rural Health Services for administrative or consultative services.
CAH Link, the critical access network, consists of nine facilities:
CAH Link is a 501(c)(3) corporation funded through SHIP and FLEX grants. By combining the grant monies from each facility, CAH Link is able to provide services to these facilities such as the services of the Rural PI Coordinator, telehealth opportunities and programs as TeamStepps, leadership classes and education programs.
As Health Services grows, a new direction for the department is Rural Health Strategy which will expand services and acquaint us with areas other than southeast Nebraska.