Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman visited Alegent Health this week and expressed his full support for the strategic affiliation of Creighton University with Alegent Health, and Alegent’s planned acquisition of Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC).
“The Governor was very cordial, positive and encouraging,” said Rick Hachten, president and chief executive officer of Alegent Health. Hachten and Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., met privately with the Governor at the McAuley Center.
“One of his first questions was, ‘is this going to happen?’” said Fr. Lannon. “We assured him it is.”
Gov. Heineman sees this affiliation as a great thing for the people of Nebraska.
“He wanted to know what the value of the affiliation would be to Alegent and to Creighton,” Hachten said. “For Alegent, this affiliation will broaden our footprint across the state and bring a breadth of specialty care to patients already served by Alegent Health Clinic primary care physicians.”
“This affiliation is important to students in Creighton’s health sciences schools,” explained Fr. Lannon. “Our students will have access to many more patients, which will greatly enhance their educational opportunities and experience.”
The final agreements for both the strategic affiliation and planned acquisition are expected to be considered by the Creighton Board of Trustees and the Alegent Board soon. Once approved by the Boards, the final documents will be signed, clearing the way for Creighton Medical Associates’ (CMA) employees to become part of Alegent Health Clinic. Additionally, Alegent would welcome CUMC employees, which is also when Alegent would assume operations of that hospital.
“It has taken a lot of people many, many hours of very detailed work to get us to this point,” said Hachten. “Our teams have read and reviewed more than 4,000 documents as part of the due diligence process, giving up time with their families and their primary responsibilities to ensure that this is done well and collaboratively.”