Immanuel Medical Center Marks 120 Years of Healing
Release Date: 10/08/2007

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OMAHA, Neb. —From its humble beginnings in 1887, Immanuel Medical Center has been a beacon of hope and place of healing for the body, mind and spirit of every person in its care for patients living in north and northwest Omaha and surrounding areas. Today, Immanuel Medical Center is one of Alegent Health’s flagship medical centers and is committed to remaining a vital asset to the community for many years to come. This is demonstrated through Alegent Health’s recent announcement of a major renovation and expansion project. The Alegent Health family invites the community to mark 120 years of the Immanuel Healing Experience by attending the Service of Celebration on Oct. 10, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. taking place in the Holling Center on the hospital’s campus. Immanuel is honored to host Bishop David deFreese of the Nebraska Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, who will be giving the message and benediction at the celebration. “For the last 120 years, Immanuel Medical Center has been a beacon of hope and a place of healing. In fact the word Immanuel literally means “God with us.” Going forward, we are creating the Immanuel Healing Experience within our hospital walls. We are also intent on reaching beyond those walls and into our community, impacting the health and well-being of residents in Omaha and the surrounding areas,” said Ann Schumacher, vice president and chief operating officer of Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center. “We are thankful for the support we’ve received from our community in years past and we are committed to fostering a faith-based environment in support of the Alegent Health Mission to ensure that Immanuel remains a vital asset to the community for many years to come.” Immanuel Medical Center was founded on Oct. 8, 1887 by the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Association for Works of Mercy and the Rev. E.A. Fogelstrom, who served as chief officer for nearly 20 years. Originally built at 34th and Meredith Streets, Immanuel was relocated to its present 166-acre site located on the corner of 6901 North 72nd Street in 1974. In 1996, Immanuel Medical Center and Bergan Mercy Health System consolidated to form Alegent Health, a faith-based health ministry sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems and founded on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy of Omaha, Regional Community of Omaha and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Nebraska Synod. Today Immanuel Medical Center is a full-service health care provider, with state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Immanuel has been recognized nationally for its world-class back, spine and rehabilitation programs,. Recently, Ann Schumacher was named vice president and chief operating officer of Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center. Schumacher has been part of the Alegent Health family since 1991 when she joined the organization as a clinical coordinator of adult psychiatric services at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. During her tenure at Alegent Health, she spent many of her years in the care of behavioral health patients, ultimately serving as the Operations Leader of the Behavioral Health service-line. In 2005, she transitioned into service at Immanuel Medical Center, serving as a key member of the leadership team and ultimately providing interim leadership following the departure of former VP and Chief Operating Officer Barb Goodrich. Schumacher will help oversee the $88 million expansion and upgrades at Immanuel Medical Center slated to begin this fall. Highlights of the project include:
  • An expanded state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center in a new facility that will be physically connected to Immanuel and offer easy access and the latest technology for both patients within the hospital as well as 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 behavioral health services in Nebraska.
  • Emergency Department renovation and expansion.
  • “Our Mission has always called us to place our patients at the center of all we do. With these expansions at 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.’’ Immanuel’s project is part of Alegent Health’s Generation Patient expansion and renovation projects taking place at all five metro campuses. In all, the projects are expected to represent over $300 million in reinvestments and philanthropy to better serve health care consumers in the region.