Initiative will double the number of beds, provide new operating rooms
and expand maternity care capacity
OMAHA, Neb. – To meet the tremendous healthcare needs of the rapidly growing communities in West Omaha and western Douglas County, Alegent Health will nearly double the service capacity of Lakeside Hospital in the next two years.
The $52 million project is the result of a comprehensive, year-long initiative involving physicians, staff, patients and the community to identify local needs and design the next generation of health care. During this process, Alegent Health projected that, based on the sizeable and growing number of patients Lakeside Hospital is caring for, there will be a significant need for additional surgical capacity, obstetric care, ICU and general inpatient beds in the rapidly growing West Omaha/western Douglas County market.
The architectural design and enhanced services planned for Lakeside Hospital will further Alegent Health’s goal of delivering patient-centered care by efficiently and effectively addressing consumer needs. As the first full-service hospital dedicated to caring for the health of the more than 165,000 people living in the area, Alegent Health will build on its reputation of faith-based, patient-focused, high-quality care offered at Lakeside Hospital. In its first year of operation, Lakeside Hospital was recognized by Professional Research Consultants as the top performing hospital in the country in terms of patients’ perception of overall quality of care.
“Alegent Health is making this important investment in Lakeside Hospital and is prepared to continue this exceptional level of reinvestment in the community to ensure health care is tailored to our patients’ needs today, tomorrow and beyond the foreseeable future,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor. “Yet we can’t do it alone. We must rely on the generosity of our community to ensure we have the resources necessary to build the next generation of health care.”
“We also believe it is important for the community to understand that in our drive to define and deliver the next generation of health care, our expenditures on bricks and mortar will be only part of the equation. By investing in our people and our processes, we will expand our capacity for additional innovation,’’ Sensor said.
The Lakeside Hospital project follows the October announcement of a $40 million investment to expand the facilities and services at Alegent Health’s Midlands Hospital. That project includes expansion of the emergency department, a new intensive care unit and upgrades to diagnostic imaging services. Sensor said announcements of innovations at other Alegent Health metro-area hospitals, both in terms of bricks and mortar expansions and service enhancements, will likely come in the near future. However, no timetable is yet available.
Highlights of the Lakeside Hospital project include:
An increase in the number of medical and surgical beds from the current 64 to 96 beds, with enough unfinished space for another 32 beds. Current projections indicate the final 32 beds would be completed after 2010.
An improved and expanded surgical suite, featuring seven advanced operating rooms and two minor procedure rooms. As medical technology changes, operating rooms require new configurations with room for additional equipment.
An expansion of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to 16 beds, and the addition of an 8-bed unit dedicated to monitoring cardiac patients.
In addition to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care unit that opened this January, an expansion of women’s and children’s services with an increase in the number of obstetric beds from the current 15 to 24.
Cindy Alloway, vice president and chief operating officer of Lakeside Hospital, attributed strong patient utilization of the existing Lakeside Hospital to the high-quality care provided by Alegent Health and its exceptional network of physicians. More than 600 of the area’s top physicians have sought privileges to practice at Lakeside Hospital, and the hospital currently employs more than 500 nurses, therapists, clinicians and support staff.
While the plans announced today are based on projected clinical volumes through the year 2015, the spacious Lakeside Hospital campus allows for additional development in the future. The 38-acre Lakeside campus now includes a Wellness Center and three medical office buildings, including the recently completed Professional Center North. Construction at Lakeside is expected to begin within the next few months with completion scheduled for Summer 2009.
“Beyond growth in patient volume, changing medical technology and expectations among consumers are contributing to the need for expansion at Lakeside Hospital,’’ said Alloway. “As a faith-based provider of care for the entire community, we will continue to live our Mission and raise the bar on the high-quality care we provide.”
Randal Korth, interim CEO of Immanuel Health Systems, a sponsor of Alegent Health, said, “I am proud that our Lutheran health care ministry, begun more than 120 years ago, continues to serve new and growing areas of our community.”
Deborah Lee-Eddie, Senior Vice President, Operations of Catholic Health Initiatives, Alegent Health’s other sponsor, concurred. “When we joined with Immanuel Health Systems 11 years ago to create Alegent Health, our sole intent was to continue our healing ministries of providing compassionate, faith-based healthcare to this community.”
Alegent Health has selected Holland Basham Architects, headquartered in Omaha, in partnership with HKS of Dallas, Tex. as architectural partners for this project. Meyers-Carlisle-Leapley (MCL), headquartered in Omaha and McCarthy, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri will serve as the general contractors for construction.
Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,200 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,500 employees. Alegent Health is making healthcare better with an exceptional commitment to quality and by providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person consistent with its faith-based mission. Alegent Health continues the health ministry begun by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, more than a hundred years ago. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation, home care and behavioral health.