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University Campus of CHI Health-Creighton University Medical Center opens new era for health care

Faculty, staff, students, administrators and community leaders from Creighton, CHI Health and the surrounding community help cut a ribbon to open the new University Campus of CHI Health-Creighton University Medical Center on Jan. 4, 2017.When the first patients come through the doors at the state-of-the art, 80,000-square-foot University Campus of CHI Health-Creighton University Medical Center on Jan. 9, they usher in a new era for health care and health education at Creighton and in the North Omaha community.

Jan. 4, around 150 people — including representatives from the Omaha community, the Creighton School of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and CHI Health — gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility, which broke ground at 25th and Cuming streets in the spring of 2015 with a promise to revolutionize health care delivery for patients and create a cutting-edge interprofessional experience among health care professionals, faculty and students.

"The School of Medicine will use this space to develop new relationships with the community that enhance health care using an inter professional model of health care delivery," said Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD’81, dean of the Creighton School of Medicine. "In partnership with our neighbors, this is where we will design and test innovative approaches to advancing wellness and preventing illness.  Creighton University and CHI Health will be anchored here serving this community for many years to come."

The new space at University Campus of CHI Health-Creighton University Medical Center.Along with an emergency room and a revamped and expanded pharmacy, the new facility extends Creighton’s pledge to serve the community surrounding the University by integrating family medicine, an imaging center, pediatrics, women’s health services, psychiatry and physical therapy in a one-stop location. The emergency room at the current CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center at 30th and California streets will close this summer and transfer operation to University Campus.

In forging University Campus, CHI Health and Creighton partnered with civic leaders and sought the input of those living and working in and around the community to determine what elements were most needed and desired by the people most likely to avail themselves of the facility. The collaboration proved an invaluable part of the process and reasserted Creighton’s long-standing position as a health care hub in North Omaha.

“This building really is special,” said Michael White, BS’96, MD’01, an associate professor of medicine at Creighton and the chief academic officer for CHI Health. “As a physician and a faculty member, I’m very proud of this community. We’re here to stay, we’re committed and we’re ready to go forward.”

Along with faculty, staff, students and administrators from Creighton and CHI Health, the Jan. 4 ribbon-cutting was also attended by dignitaries from across Omaha, including Mayor Jean Stothert, City Council President Ben Gray and representatives from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Empowerment Network and the Charles Drew Health Center.

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