University of Nebraska Medical Center

Shelly Schwedhelm, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Director of Emergency Management and Clinical Operations, GCHS
Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness, Nebraska Medicine

Shelly Schwedhelm

Shelly Schwedhelm serves as the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness at Nebraska Medicine.  In addition, she serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Operations and Emergency Management at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Global Center for Health Security (GCHS). 

 Shelly currently is the executive leader for the National Special Pathogen System and associated tiered system of care expansion, providing support to regions in the development of the hub and spoke model of support and readiness for special pathogens.  She also serves as subject matter expert for the National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC).  In addition, Shelly co-leads the Region VII Disaster Health Response grant, serves as a subject matter expert for the NDMS pilot research grant, is a member of the NDMS FCC Steering Committee, and oversees the emergency management program at Nebraska Medicine.  Locally, Shelly serves as a member of the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition and is Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

Shelly has 40 years of healthcare leadership experience to include emergency, trauma, preparedness and accountability for biocontainment unit operations, and logistics during the care of repatriated Americans with Ebola virus disease in 2014-15, and leadership in collaboration with local, state and federal partners to support quarantine missions for repatriated Americans from Wuhan China and others returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship from Japan who required care for COVID 19.