A new medical clinic and academic center will replace Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in 2016.
Alegent Creighton plans to build a 90,000 square foot outpatient and emergency center at 24th and Cuming Streets in Omaha, six blocks east of the current hospital. In addition to those services, the complex will serve as an academic training facility for medical students.
Joan Neuhaus is Chief Operating Officer of the Network, which includes Alegent Creighton and Catholic Health Initiatives. She says the Network sought community input on what should be a part of the new clinic.
"Primary care was certainly a very clear need. So were some of the specialists, the specialty care that’s provided. But emergency services was also strongly expressed as a need to maintain within that geographic area. So we will have a freestanding emergency department."
Alegent Creighton’s new clinic will also have mental health and physical therapy services. The clinic will not have acute or trauma care beds. Those services will be shifted to Bergan Mercy Medical Center.
As for the current Alegent Creighton hospital building, Neuhaus says it belongs to Creighton University--and what happens to it will be up to them.