“The construction of this building really was driven from day one by a desire to make things easier for our patients,” said Dan DeBehnke, MD, MBA, CEO of Nebraska Medicine. “While the care our patients previously received in the Durham Outpatient Center here on campus was top notch, there were a lot of barriers in terms of access to those services. We believe the Lauritzen Outpatient Center, which includes the Fritch Surgery Center for outpatient surgical services, offers a patient experience that can’t be found elsewhere in Omaha.”
Doctors in orthopaedics are already noticing how the design of the Lauritzen Outpatient Center is improving the experience not only for patients, but for physicians and other staff members as well. “Having our clinic, X-ray and physical therapy in close proximity has made for much more efficient flow of our patients through the facility,” said Matt Mormino, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Nebraska Medicine. “The experience for patients has been improved dramatically.”
The second floor of the facility is occupied by the Fritch Surgery Center, a suite of 10 state-of-the-art operating rooms designed for outpatient procedures. Four of the operating rooms will be dedicated to ophthalmic surgery affiliated with the Truhlsen Eye Institute next door. The Fritch Surgery Center was made possible through a gift by Charles D. Fritch, MD and his wife, Judy. Dr. Fritch is a graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine.
The building’s top floor, supported by a gift from Bill and Ruth Scott, is home to the headquarters of the UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, its research laboratories and educational space. It also includes a new center for telemedicine.
“We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of the Lauritzen, Fritch, Scott and Truhlsen families, along with Clarkson Regional Health Services,” said Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, Chancellor of UNMC. “Their gifts and commitment to UNMC and Nebraska Medicine continue to have an overwhelmingly positive effect on the Omaha community and will allow us to continue to improve upon the extraordinary care already being provided here.”
Here is a list of services and their locations within the facility:
- Level one: Orthopaedics clinic, PT/OT, outpatient pharmacy, radiology, lab services and coffee shop
- Level two (Fritch Surgery Center): Pre/post-op and outpatient surgery
- Level three: clinics including ear, nose & throat and audiology, oral & maxillofacial surgery, oral facial prosthetics and surgery-urology
- Level four: orthopaedics faculty and research, telemedicine
Services within the Lauritzen Outpatient Center opened gradually throughout the month of November, culminating with the opening of the Fritch Surgery Center on Nov. 30. A skywalk connecting the Lauritzen Outpatient Center with the Truhlsen Eye Institute to the east is now under construction.
MCL Construction broke ground on the 168,000 square-foot-facility on Nov. 14, 2014. It opened exactly two years later on Nov. 14, 2016. The cost of the project was $70.8 million.