The Next Generation of Health Care at Alegent Health Brings a New Family Life Center to Bergan Mercy and a New and Expanded Rehabilitation Center to Immanuel
Release Date: 06/13/2007

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Expanded Alegent Health Cancer Centers, expanded medical and surgical facilities and improved patient access among features of major expansions at Bergan Mercy and Immanuel Medical Centers View the full Press Kit OMAHA, Neb. – To address changing community needs and lead the way in health care innovation, Alegent Health will begin construction this summer on major expansions and enhancements at Bergan Mercy and Immanuel Medical Centers. The new construction and reconfiguration of existing space will create the facilities needed to deliver the next generation of patient-centered care at the two medical centers and support the work of an estimated additional 431 employees. The planned expansion and enhancements to both campuses build on the legacy of Bergan Mercy and Immanuel as health care facilities providing care for the most complex patients in the community. Plans for the medical centers stem from a comprehensive, year-long initiative involving physicians, staff, patients and the community to identify local needs and forge a cohesive, regional system of health care in which each hospital plays a unique role in achieving world-class quality and value. “Our Mission has always called us to place our patients in the center of all we do. With these expansions at Bergan Mercy and Immanuel, along with our other recently announced campus projects, Alegent Health is continuing its exceptional level of reinvestment in the community to provide innovative solutions in health care, the latest medical technology, and the highest quality of care. As we enter the next generation of health care, Alegent Health is committed to meeting the needs, wants and desires of our patients today and in the future,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor. “While these facilities expenditures represent a tangible example of our commitment to clinical excellence, we also want to emphasize our ongoing efforts to expand the capabilities of our caregivers — the people who make a real difference in the lives of our patients.’’ To advance the development of a strategic network of care for the region, Bergan Mercy will become home to a new Bergan Family Life Center, featuring a state-of-the-art comprehensive Labor, Delivery and Recovery center as well as an expanded Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Meanwhile, Immanuel’s world-class rehabilitation program will expand and move to a new facility physically connected to Immanuel Medical Center. Among other enhancements, the new Rehabilitation Center will feature all private patient rooms and provide easier access both for patients within the hospital and on an outpatient basis. Among the expansion highlights:
  • Bergan Mercy – total project cost $107.2 million.
  • The new Bergan Family Life Center will feature a women’s and children’s hospital within a hospital designed to meet the changing dimensions of maternity and infant care, with 16 labor and delivery beds, a new 36 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; in addition, capacity for caesarian section deliveries will double to four surgical suites located within the Center.
  • 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. The Image Recovery Center is designed to help patients who have experienced radiation, chemotherapy or appearance-altering surgery, to regain their self-confidence.
  • A new outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center will provide easy access to medical imaging services and include a separate Women’s Imaging Center with digital mammography, ultrasound and bone densitometry that supports Bergan Mercy’s focus on Women’s Health.
  • Expanded medical and surgical facilities including 84 additional private medical/surgical beds and an enlarged Intensive Care Unit with 16 additional beds.
  • Over 700 new parking spaces will be added to the campus to enhance patient, visitor and staff convenience.
  • Additional medical office space.
  • Immanuel – total project cost $83.1 million.
  • An expanded state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center in a new facility will be physically connected to Immanuel and will offer easy access and the latest technology for both patients within the hospital as well as for outpatients.
  • Upgraded and modernized all private inpatient rooms and redesigned inpatient units utilizing the latest research in constructing healing environments.
  • An expanded, comprehensive Alegent Health Cancer Center providing one stop cancer care in a comforting and high-tech healing environment, including a newly focused neuro-oncology program and Image Recovery Center.
  • A new Ambulatory Center will be anchored by key clinical services including ambulatory diagnostics and therapeutics for quick and easy access.
  • A new Residential Treatment Center located on the Immanuel campus will provide behavioral health services for children and adolescents in a contemporary setting specifically designed with youth in mind. This facility is moving from the Midlands campus to further centralize Alegent Health’s Nebraska behavioral health services.
  • Emergency Department renovation and expansion.
  • The $190.3 million total for these projects follows announcement of a $27 million investment at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs in March; a $52 million investment at Lakeside Hospital in January; and a $42 million investment at Midlands Hospital in October 2006. In all, the Generation Patient effort is expected to represent over $300 million in reinvestments and philanthropy to better serve health care consumers in the region. "The generous financial support of others continues to play a vital role in our ability to provide world-class patient care," said Alegent Health Chief Development Officer Shane Seymour. David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, credited Alegent Health for its role in strengthening the region’s economy. “As a community, maintaining our good health is critical to the well-being of our families and the productivity of the workforce,’’ Brown said. “It is important to recognize that beyond the significance of Alegent Health’s major financial investment and job creation, the fact that we are home to this strategic network of care makes the Greater Omaha area all the more attractive to companies interested in locating or expanding here.’’ In addition to the new services at Bergan Mercy and Immanuel, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey said city residents will continue to benefit from Alegent Health’s approach to consumer transparency in quality and cost. By providing comparative information about patient care and out-of-pocket costs for various procedures, Alegent Health is driving improvements in the health care market for local residents. Alegent Health Board Chairman John Reed said the Generation Patient initiative has been shaped by the legacy of Alegent Health’s sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, and its faith-based Mission to care for the body, mind and spirit of every person. “At Alegent Health, we recognize that the journey to good health occurs in stages,’’ Reed said. “The projects we are undertaking as part of the Generation Patient effort will support patients with a broader range of care than ever before as they experience the process of healing.’’ Alegent Health has selected Holland Basham Architects, headquartered in Omaha, in partnership with HKS of Dallas, Texas, as architectural partners for this project. Meyers-Carlisle-Leapley (MCL), headquartered in Omaha, and McCarthy, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., will serve as the general contractors for construction. Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based health care system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, some 1,200 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,500 employees. Alegent Health is making health care 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 100 years ago. For more information about Alegent Health, visit or call 1-800-ALEGENT. Fact Sheets Immanuel Medical Center Bergan Mercy Medical Center