Exactly two years to the day since breaking ground, Nebraska Medicine opened the doors of the Lauritzen Outpatient Center, designed to provide the best possible experience for patients. Both the design of the facility and its location on the edge of the Nebraska Medicine campus will provide one-stop, patient-centered care in a variety of areas. Perhaps the most attractive feature: dedicated surface and garage parking for patients and families offering new convenience not typically provided elsewhere on campus.
“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:
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.
The employees of MCL Construction were recently recognized by The Associated General Contractors of America with a Certificate of Commendation. This honor is for an excellent safety record, zero incidence rate - 50,000 work hours and over.
"Our first Principle of Performance and Excellence is Success Starts with Safety," said MCL Construction Safety Director Jim Hinrichs. "From the top down, safety is the number one priority at MCL Construction and this award affirms our commitment to a safe work environment."
MCL Construction will start its 30th year of business in 2017 and the Omaha, Nebraska, based company guarantees that your project will be staffed with professionals who are CPR and First Aid certified. MCL's Director of Safety and Assistant Director of Safety are OSHA 510 certified.
For more, visit the Safety section of the MCL Construction website.
Westwood Church, located at 13056 Atwood Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska, officially breaks ground on its new expansion and renovation project. MCL Construction is the construction manager and general contractor for the project. RDG Planning and Design is the project architect.
Westwood Church will be adding 18,000 square feet to its existing facility and renovating an additional 13,000 square feet of its current space.
"This represents a major change in how we see ourselves, and how we see ourselves as a community church," said Westwood Church Senior Pastor Scott Christensen.
The groundbreaking coincided with the congregation's annual meeting and church dinner that was attended by several hundred church members. Each was given an opportunity to write a blessing on drywall that will be installed during the project.
"So, literally, now we will be blessing people who will be here in the future," said Pastor Christensen. "I think people are going to be able to say there is a piece of me inside here. Not just money, not serving on a committee, but a piece of me and my family in there that I think means something."
The projects progress will be visible to drivers passing by on 132nd Street and is scheduled to be completed in early September 2017.