"It's important for people to know there's a place to go, not only for medical attention but for information or access to resources that extend into the future. They're vital to the healing process."
Jackie Thielen, MSN, APRN, Clinical Coordinator, The Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Survivor Program
The situation in our community
Survivors of sexual assault need comprehensive, compassionate care, especially in the first 72 hours after an assault. Early treatment is vital to the health and well-being of the victim and the successful identification, arrest and conviction of the offender.
Our strategy to create better health
Methodist Hospital will create a program where victims can be treated compassionately, and all parties important to preventing the crime from continuing and ensuring the health of the victim are brought together.
How we are doing this
The Heidi Wilke SANE/SART sexual assault program is housed in the Emergency Departments at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women's Hospital. Trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) activate the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to provide medical assistance, support and safety to the victim of a sexual assault.
The impact we are having
We have also initiated a SANE/SART training class for medical professionals as part of our continuing medical education program at Nebraska Methodist College.