Alegent Health Midlands Hospital to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony on Expansion & Renovation Project
Release Date: 05/02/2007

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Governor Heineman among many dignitaries taking part in event that celebrates nearly $42 million expansion and renovation initiative PAPILLION, Neb. – Alegent Health Midlands Hospital announces a groundbreaking celebration taking place Thurs., May 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. on the hospital campus, 11111 S. 84th St., Papillion, Neb. The event highlights a multi-million dollar expansion, enhancement and innovation project announced last fall to meet the growing and changing health care needs of its Sarpy-Cass County community. “The groundbreaking marks a truly momentous day for Midlands Hospital, the community and the entire Alegent Health family. The ceremonious shoveling of earth symbolizes what the hospital founders envisioned for the community more than 30 years ago – to build a compassionate place of healing for Sarpy County residents. While our investment is in bricks and mortar, it will indeed allow us to create a new generation of health care – the patient’s generation,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor. Among the many invited guests and dignitaries that will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony include: Ron Smith, representing his father, the late Chuck Smith who donated the land for Midlands Hospital; James Blinn, Papillion city mayor; Toby Churchill, executive director of the Sarpy County Economic Development Council and the honorable Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. In early October, Alegent Health announced plans to commit nearly $42 million to implement this new generation of care and advance Midlands Hospital facilities and services. The initiative focuses on critical access points such as primary care, emergency services, diagnostics and surgery. Among the changes planned for Alegent Health Midlands Hospital:
  • Expansion of the Emergency Department.
  • A new and expanded Intensive Care Unit.
  • Redevelopment of patient units to achieve all private patient rooms.
  • Enhancements to Surgical Services.
  • Expansion and renovation of diagnostic imaging (radiology) services.
  • Construction of an integrated Medical Office Building, with physician offices and convenient outpatient services.
  • Continued growth of Cardiovascular Services.
  • Significant additions of primary care and specialist physicians.
  • New clinical laboratory.
  • The advancements are expected to transform Alegent Health Midlands Hospital physically, aesthetically and in terms of the breadth and depth of its services. The first phase of building began in November with the construction of a new clinical laboratory completed in March. In the next year, the hospital’s footprint and façade will begin to change as the new integrated Medical Office Building and expansion of diagnostic imaging and the Emergency Department takes shape. Patients will see physical changes inside the Hospital with the addition of new private rooms, creation of a new Intensive Care Unit and innovations in surgery services. Midlands Hospital physicians, staff and patients engaged in an extensive year-long initiative to design a “new generation” of health care uniquely suited to its community – a community that needs more capacity to accommodate double-digit population growth and a community of engaged consumers looking for patient-centered, high-quality health care. This is part of Alegent Health’s system wide innovation and service enhancements taking place at all five metro campuses. As Alegent Health continues on this new focus of patient generation of care, philanthropy and community engagement remain two critical components for success. “This has been a collaborative effort by everyone in this community to design a health-centered environment that combines both innovation and convenience along with the healing ministry of Jesus Christ all for the benefit of the patient,’’ said Kevin Nokels, VP/chief operating officer of Alegent Health Midlands Hospital. “And as a non-profit, community-based hospital, we will continue to work to improve our patients’ and families’ health care experience for healthier patients, happier families and a stronger community.’’ Holland Basham Architects, headquartered in Omaha, in partnership with HKS of Dallas, Tex. serves as the architects for this project. Meyers-Carlisle-Leapley (MCL), headquartered in Omaha and McCarthy, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri serve as the general contractor for construction. ###