Plans Drawn for New Academic Medical Complex

Article Date: Aug 17, 2014 Media Contact:
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Outpatient, Diagnostic and Emergency Care Designed to Serve Community Needs

OMAHA, Neb. - Together with Creighton University and community partners, Alegent Creighton Health has unveiled plans for a new medical complex where healthcare, education and community will come together at 24th and Cuming Streets.

“This is the future of healthcare,” said Cliff Robertson, M.D., chief executive officer of the Network, which is made up of Alegent Creighton Health and CHI Nebraska. “The future demands that we work very closely with our communities to design a model of care that will meet their needs and keep people healthy while educating providers of the future.”

The new 90,000-sq. ft. building will be a medical home to people from across the metro area offering outpatient, emergency and many of the diagnostic services currently at CUMC.

“The complex will feature care designed for people who need to see a doctor, but don’t need a hospital,” explained Kevin Nokels, president of Creighton University Medical Center and project director. “New to the community will be a freestanding emergency department that will provide emergency care exactly like you would find in a hospital.”

Strategically located adjacent to Creighton University, this building will be home to Creighton’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition the complex will provide community space and specialty care like psychiatry, cardiology, OB/GYN and pharmacy, as well as emergency care.

"Keeping an emergency department at this location is very important and valuable,” said Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray. “Also important is having primary care physicians and ambulatory services because this is often where members of our community fall through the cracks. This is very positive."

This project will infuse $35 million into the northeast Omaha community and provide much needed access to healthcare and education. The outpatient service will begin with 30 physicians, 24 residents and other providers who will see patients on a daily basis. In addition, the medical complex will offer a 24-hour pharmacy, the free-standing emergency department and space for community meetings and education.

“Creighton University and Alegent Creighton Health have been engaged in a very ambitious process to create a new medical complex that will provide opportunities for expanded clinical, research and training capabilities for educating tomorrow’s healthcare professionals,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., president of Creighton University. “Additionally, this creates the best model for continuing our commitment to all the communities we serve.”

“Learners and patients will benefit from new technologies at this location,” said Rick Rolston, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Alegent Creighton Clinic. “If a patient comes in and needs a specialist who is not in house, we will easily set up a virtual visit with a physician across town. Using the same technology, student-patient interaction can be monitored and coached outside the exam room. The virtual technology is all about convenience, efficiency and driving down costs for patients.”

Site preparation will begin in the next few months with construction starting in the spring of 2015. The complex is slated to open in late 2016.

About Alegent Creighton Health

Alegent Creighton Health and the Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska are integrating to create single, regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization will consist of 16 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. Nearly 15,900 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the organization provided a combined $130.7 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas.

About Creighton University

Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., enrolls 4,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate and professional students among nine schools and colleges. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment with personal attention from faculty-mentors. Jesuit and Catholic, it affords incomparable interprofessional education, bridging eight health professions programs with law, business and the arts and sciences – all on one walkable campus. Creighton has been a top-ranked university in the U.S. News & World Report for 20 years.

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