Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center Grows with its Community
Release Date: 09/04/2008

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$88 million investment reflects Alegent Health’s support of the North/Northwest Omaha Community

OMAHA, Neb. – In just two years nearly 10,000 people and dozens of businesses will be moving into northwest Omaha. Many of the young families buying new houses in new neighborhoods will need direct access to health care services close to home. Alegent Health will again take the lead on addressing the area’s growing needs at a May 8, 2008 groundbreaking ceremony at Immanuel Medical Center. The 10:30 a.m. celebration will mark the beginning of an $88 million construction and renovation project that will expand and enhance the hospital and services it provides.

For more than 120 years, Immanuel Medical Center provided a beacon of hope and healing for community that surrounds it. “We are proud to serve this community and those coming to us from other parts of the country and the world,” said Ann Schumacher, vice president and chief operating officer for Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center. “We’re not going anywhere.”

Called “Generation Patient,” the construction and renovation at Immanuel Medical Center is part of a system-wide commitment to deliver the next generation of patient-centered care in environments that promotes healing while honoring the dignity of our patients and their families. “Converting our semi-private rooms to private rooms will give families the space they need to help promote healing,” said Schumacher. “Our goal is to continue building on Immanuel’s legacy of providing care for even the most complex patients in the community, and families play a big part of that, said Schumacher.”

Among the highlights of Generation Patient:

  • A new home for Immanuel’s world-class rehabilitation program, which will be connected to the current facility but will provide all private rooms, new gyms and a new pool for patients in and out of the hospital..
  • Upgraded and modernized all private inpatient rooms redesigned using the latest research in constructing healing environments.
  • An expanded, comprehensive Alegent Health Cancer Center providing one stop cancer care in a high-tech and comforting environment, which includes patient gardens and an Image Recovery Center designed to help heal the spirit.
  • A new Ambulatory Center will be anchored by key clinical services including walk-in diagnostics and therapeutics areas 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.
  • An Emergency Department renovation and expansion that nearly doubles its capacity.
  • Immanuel’s multi-million dollar project is part of Alegent Health’s $315 million reinvestment into the Omaha metropolitan area. Supported by generous philanthropy initiatives at all five Alegent Health metro hospital locations will be enhanced and expanded to better serve health care consumers in the region. Construction and renovation plans began last year at the organization’s three other metro hospitals including Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Lakeside Hospital and Midlands Hospital in Papillion. Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa is scheduled to begin its renovation in June. 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.

    “Alegent Health is guided by our Mission to place our patients in the center of all we do. Coupled with the knowledge that our inpatient volumes have grown by 16 percent in the last four years, it’s caused us to reinvest in the community and 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 will continue its commitment to meeting the needs, wants and desires of our patients today and in the future,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor.

    Alegent Health has selected Holland Basham Architects, headquartered in Omaha, in partnership with HKS of Dallas, Texas, as architectural partners for the entire Generation Patient 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 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and 9,000 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.