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 Associate Director for Clinical Operations and Emergency Management at the UNMC Global Center for Health Security (GCHS). She also serves as the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness at Nebraska Medicine, with operational accountability for the Biocontainment Unit and National Quarantine Unit in addition to several state, regional and national grants.  

Shelly had overall accountability for biocontainment unit operations and logistics during the care of repatriated Americans with Ebola virus disease in 2014-15. 

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, she lead efforts 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.  Shelly has been a key leader as well in the Nebraska and Region VII COVID-19 response creating guidance and serving as an infection prevention subject matter expert for onsite visits in meat packing plants, shelters, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and schools. 

Shelly has previous leadership experience in Perioperative Services and Emergency and Trauma Services.  She is the Program Director and Subject Matter Expert with the ASPR & CDC funded National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC) and is actively involved the activities of the ASPR Training, Simulation, and Quarantine Unit, CDC Infection Prevention & Antibiotic Stewardship and the ASPR Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem grant(s) at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC. Shelly is the Associate Director of Clinical Operations and Emergency Management at UNMC Global Center for Health Security (GCHS), and is actively involved in the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition and serves as the current chairperson of the Board of Directors.