SONAR Mission Statement is to assist health care facilities in education, networking, and resources to meet regulatory compliance. We focus on all areas that fall under the physical environment.

SONAR stands for:

  • Safety (Includes Security, Emergency Management & Hazardous Materials)
  • Organism Control (Infection Prevention and Water Management)
  • NFPA (Life Safety and Fire Prevention)
  • Accreditation (processes and audits; state or third party)
  • Regulatory (OSHA, EPA, FDA, signage, compliance, grand funding, et al)

SONAR is a group of healthcare professionals (Safety Officers, Risk Managers, Infection Control, Environmental Service, and Maintenance Directors, Quality Improvement, etc.) that started in 1998 in southwest Nebraska. Members represent large and small licensed facilities, sharing a common goal, Safety. Membership is as far west as Chadron and as far east as York. 

SONAR meetings are held bi-monthly using a virtual platform.

Annual membership fees are $150.00 per facility. Members are encouraged to bring others from their facility to the meetings when the subject matter pertains to their area of interest.  If you are interested in becoming a member please complete this Annual Membership Form.

Safety Healthcare Conference

This conference is held annually in North Platte. Every hospital, a large number of medical clinics, and nursing homes in the state are invited to attend. We cover facility topics that our attendees have identified and bring in a variety of vendors for attendees to visit with, see new products, and discuss need to know issues. To view the agenda for this year's conference, or to register, please use links below.

Safety Healthcare Conference- Registration to open early July 2024.
September 26, 2024, to be held at Mid-Plains Community College
Call Stacey Aguilar, Community Hospital Emergency Management Director, for more information at 308-344-8362



We have received assistance from many organizations and businesses. A few of those include, but are not limited to:

  • State Fire Marshal
  • Center for Preparedness
  • Healthcare Coalitions
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

With the assistance of the resources listed and others, we strive to meet the regulations set by CMS, OSHA, EPA, DNV and Joint Commission, federal, state, and local regulations.

For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about this or in networking, sharing ideas, policies and procedures, checklists, and brainstorming with other healthcare professionals, contact us today. We truly believe that Working Together Just Makes Sense!

Please contact:
Stacey Aguilar, CHEP, CHOP
Community Hospital Emergency Management Director
Community Hospital
1301 East H St
McCook, NE 69001
(308) 344-8362
Fax:  (308) 344-8546