About CHI Health Bergan Mercy
Bergan Mercy Medical Center has been providing quality healthcare since 1910 when the Sisters of Mercy opened Saint Catherine's Hospital at Ninth and Forest Streets.
In 1964, a new 250-bed hospital, now known as Bergan Mercy, was opened near 72 and Center Streets, the current location. The hospital was named in honor of the Sisters of Mercy and the late Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan. Bergan Mercy Hospital became Bergan Mercy Health System of the Midlands in 1985 when Bergan and Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa merged.
During 1991, Bergan Mercy Hospital expanded to offer comprehensive healthcare and became Bergan Mercy Medical Center.
In June 1996, Bergan Mercy Health System and Immanuel Medical Center came together to form Alegent Health.
In June 2007, Bergan Mercy announced a $107.2 million expansion and enhancement project at Bergan Mercy. The new construction and reconfiguration of existing space will create the facilities needed to deliver the next generation of patient-centered care and build on the legacy of Bergan Mercy providing for the most complex patients in the community.
Among the expansion highlights is the new Bergan Family Life Center which will feature a women’s and children’s hospital designed to meet the changing dimensions of maternity and infant care, with 16 labor and delivery beds, a new 35 bed post-partum unit, nine ante partum beds for high-risk pregnancies and a new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 32 private rooms.
A new Alegent Health Cancer Center will centralize and integrate oncology services on the Bergan Mercy campus and support significant advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. The center will also include an Image Recovery Center to serve a growing community need.
This expansion and enhancement project will also create 84 additional medical/surgical beds and an enlarged Intensive Care Unit with 16 additional beds. Renovations are set to be complete at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in 2010.
In 2006, Bergan Mercy was the first hospital within the Alegent Health system to implement the COMPASS program, a new palliative care consulting service intended to relieve symptoms and maximize quality of life for patients and families dealing with chronic illness. The addition of a new 64-slice CT scanner and state-of-the-art bed systems continues to allow Bergan Mercy staff and physicians to provide patients with more accurate diagnoses and the quality of care expected of Alegent Health.
Recently, Bergan Mercy Medical Center unveiled and dedicated the Digestive Health Center, the region’s first center dedicated to digestive health. The Center provides full-service clinical care to accurately detect, diagnose and treat digestive system disorders. By using an interdisciplinary approach, the Center offers inpatients and outpatients comprehensive care at one location.
In 2005, Bergan Mercy received the Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, giving the hospital’s Joint Replacement Center national recognition as a symbol of quality that reflects the organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. In addition to the Gold Seal of Approval, the Joint Replacement Center was also recognized with the 2004 Nebraska Edgerton Quality Award of Commitment.
Modern Healthcare magazine recently named the hospital to the list of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals for the first time and the American Association of Retired Persons named Bergan Mercy Medical Center one of 15 “Hospitals with a Heart” in the United States.
Bergan Mercy is known for providing outstanding health care in the areas of:
- Chest Pain Center
- Digestive Services
- Outpatient Surgery
- Women’s Services
- Wound Care
Some facts about the facility:
- 400 licensed beds
- 905 Physicians on active staff
- 380 full-time registered nurses
- 1,381 full-time employees