Alegent Creighton Health announced Sunday it will replace Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha with a new, $35 million medical complex.
The new facility, to be built adjacent to CUMC at North 24th and Cuming streets, will offer outpatient and emergency services and many of the diagnostic services currently offered at CUMC.
Alegent Creighton is planning to move most of CUMC's in-patient services to its Bergan Mercy Medical Center near South 75th Street and Mercy Road in 2017.
“This is the future of health care,” said Cliff Robertson, M.D., chief executive officer of the network 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 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.”
"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."
Site preparation begins in the next few months with construction starting next spring. The new hospital should open in late 2016.