Effective August 1, the Omaha Fire Department plans to implement a new system to transport trauma patients to Omaha hospitals, according to a release from the Omaha Fire Department.

In March, the Nebraska Medical Center announced it would end the long-standing shared trauma system with Alegent Creighton Hospital. Under that system in place since 1993, the two hospitals are designated as trauma centers on alternating days. Beginning August 1, both hospitals plan to operate trauma centers around the clock and both plan to apply for Level I Trauma Center national accreditation.

“Patient care is our priority,” said Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger in the release. “This plan is fair and balanced and provides emergency medical care and transportation when citizens need our immediate help.”

The new protocol will set up an odd-even rotation between the Nebraska Medical Center and Alegent Creighton for adult patients only. Patients who are in stable condition may choose either trauma center for emergency care. Non-stable patients will be automatically transported to the designated trauma center of the day based on the odd-even system.

The pediatric trauma protocol will not change. Pediatric patients will continue to be treated at Children’s Hospital and the Nebraska Medical Center, depending on the severity of their injuries.

The change is expected to take effect at 7:00 a.m. on August 1.