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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

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Safe Patient Handling Program

VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System is a Safe Lift Facility.
When you are a patient in the hospital, your energy and strength levels may be diminished. You may not be able to walk or move around without help or assistance. Staff may need to help you turn from side to side in bed, change your position, or transfer you from the bed to the chair or stretcher. You may need help to get to the bathroom or take a bath or shower. An important part of providing you with safe care is how we help you to move or transfer from one place to another.

A New Approach

VA NWIHCS implemented its Safe Patient Handling Program in 2008 and has since met or exceeded the National SPH Program Performance Measures and National Benchmarks every year. The program provides policy, procedures, equipment and training to put safety first for our patients and staff.

State-of-the-Art Technology

VA NWIHCS has the most up-to-date mechanical lifting and patient handling equipment for moving and transferring patients safely and comfortably. Our ceiling lifts provide multiple options for lifting and handling patients along with slings that accommodate any size and need. These and other devices are used to prevent the manual lifting and handling of patients and residents by staff except when absolutely necessary, such as in a medical emergency.

It is the duty of our employees to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, as well as that of their coworkers, patients and residents during patient-handling activities. This approach includes using the latest equipment, providing extensive employee training, and promoting a “Culture of Safety” in the work environment.

Questions or Concerns?

VA NWIHCS staff want to help you and your family feel safe and comfortable with your care. If you have any questions or concerns about Safe Patient Handling and movement, please feel free to talk with your nurse or contact:

Safe Patient Handling Facility Champion
Ronda Fritz, RN, BSN, MA
800-451-5796, ext. 5875

Grand Island
Safe Patient Handling Coordinator
Deb Carlson, RN, BSN

Contact Info


  • Omaha VAMC
    Grand Island CLC

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-451-5796 Ext. 5875

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Monday through Friday