Groundbreaking Celebration at Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center
Release Date: 10/08/2007

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$107.2 million initiative will create a new Family Life Center, Cancer Center and provide expanded medical and surgical facilities to changing community need.

OMAHA, Neb. – Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center continues its legacy of caring for the area’s most complex patients with a groundbreaking celebration taking place on Thurs. Oct. 4th, 2007 at 3 p.m. on the campus located at 7500 Mercy Road. The event kicks-off a two-year expansion and enhancement project to create a facility to deliver the next generation of patient-centered care. Among the highlights of the $107.2 million initiative will be the creation of the 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, a Women’s Health and Diagnostic Center and state-of-the-art Cancer Center supporting diagnosis, treatment and research.

“Bergan Mercy is one of Alegent Health’s flagship hospitals and I’m pleased we are building on the strengths and blessings the Sisters of Mercy—one of our founders—envisioned more than 100 years ago. This investment will ensure Alegent Health is able to continue providing exceptional, high-quality care to the next generation of patients here in mid-town Omaha in a way that’s faithful to the healing Ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor.

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 suites, a new 36-bed post-partum unit, nine ante partum suites 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 new private medical/surgical suites and an enlarged Intensive Care Unit with 16 additional private rooms.
  • Over 700 new parking spaces will be added to the campus to enhance patient, visitor and staff convenience.
  • Additional medical office space.

Plans for the medical center 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. Construction at Bergan Mercy is expected to begin within the next few months with completion scheduled for summer 2009.

“Today we celebrate the construction of new buildings and technology here at Bergan Mercy but that’s only part of the equation—this groundbreaking of bricks and mortar could not be a reality without the impact our physicians, nurses and staff have on the patients we serve every day. Healing the body, mind and spirit of every person in our care is what Alegent Health and Bergan Mercy Medical Center are about and soon we’ll be able to take that level of patient-centered care to a an even higher level, providing world-class care,” said David Tew, vice president and chief operating officer at Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center.

This $107.2 million Bergan Mercy Medical Center project follows recent announcement of expansions taking place at Alegent Health’s other metro hospitals. This includes an $83.1 million project at Immanuel Medical Center which will expand and move the rehabilitation program to a new facility physically connected to the medical center, create all private patient rooms and provide easier access both for patients within the hospital and on an outpatient basis; a $52 million investment at Lakeside Hospital to double the number of beds, provide new operating rooms and expand maternity care capacity; a $27 million project at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to expand the surgery and intensive care units and create a new hospital entrance for patient and visitor convenience; and a $42 million project taking place at Midlands Hospital which will expand the emergency department, provide all private rooms, create a new intensive care unit and make upgrades to diagnostic imaging services.

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, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staffs and over 8,600 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 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.