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Research services for patients
CHI Health St. Elizabeth Research Center
555 South 70th Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
402-219-7677 (office phone)

Paul Edwards
Research Manager
402-219-7677 (office phone)

About Us

CHI Health St. Elizabeth Research Center
The CHI Health St. Elizabeth Research Center promotes innovative research efforts and is committed to providing quality healthcare for our patients and community. By partnering with physician-led clinical trials and collaborating with other healthcare providers across the region, our Research Center is available to coordinate strategic research activities and provide comprehensive patient support.

Collaboration with CHI Institute for Research and Innovation (CIRI)
CIRI is a partnering organization that connects Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals, such as CHI Health St. Elizabeth, with system-wide initiatives dedicated to research and innovation. CIRI staff members come from diverse backgrounds that span community healthcare, industry and academia.

Resources for patients

Why do people participate in research or clinical trials?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
"People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future."

What is research?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. People volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies as well as long–term natural history studies, which provide valuable information about how disease and health progress. ”

What is a clinical trial?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to pre vent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.”

Additional online resources for patients






National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH 'Clinical Research Trials and You - the Basics'

Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)

US Department of Health & Human Services

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)

For more information regarding CHI Health St. Elizabeth Research

Please call 402-219-7677 or email Paul Edwards at for more information regarding research at St. Elizabeth.