UNMC announces plans for $30 million eye institute

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Medical Center plans to expand its midtown Omaha campus with the addition of an eye institute.

UNMC officials announced plans Wednesday to build the $30 million eye institute at 40th and Leavenworth Streets. It'll be named for Dr. Stanley Truhlsen. He's the former Chairman of UNMC's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Truhlsen made a major donation to UNMC for the project. He says he felt it was important to give back to a community and institution that are important to him.

The eye institute will include outpatient exam areas, a children's eye care center, and diagnostic services. It'll also serve as a center for research and study.

UNMC Chancellor Dr. Harold Maurer says the eye institute will fill a need for services that aren't available regionally right now. Construction will be done in two phases and is set to begin in 2011.