The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics are located on a centrally located campus in Omaha, Nebraska. UNMC continues to grow as a premier academic health science Center in the USA. We continue to offer progressive educational programs that prepare healthcare students for the future.
Designed in cooperation with physicians, nurses, pharmacist patient input this is a 14-story, 259,000 sq. ft. facility (24,062 sq. meters) serves as a world class model for transplantation. Patient care, treatment center, patient & family suites, doctors’ and nurses’ offices and research center are all in one building for convenience, holistic treatment and healing. Since cancer is not an 8-to-5 disease, our Cancer Treatment Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The state-of-the-art Lied Transplant Center allows for cooperative patient care in a compassionate environment where patients can stay in a luxurious living suite, not a traditional hospital room. Cooperative patient care invites patients and their families to participate as partners in the patient’s care. There are 44 in-patient and 44 guest suites.
UNMC’s Eppley Cancer Center
UNMC’s Eppley Cancer Center is an internationally recognized cancer research center dedicated to applying new knowledge about the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer to improve health and quality of life. This dedication to cancer research has led to the Cancer Center’s excellent reputation for treating hematological malignancies, particularly lymphomas and leukemia. The Center is renowned for its basic research programs in chemical carcinogenesis, molecular, cellular and structural biology, and translational research in novel therapies. Promising areas of clinical research include investigating radio labeled monoclonal antibodies for diagnosing and treating lymphomas and solid tumors, developing tumor vaccines for colon and breast cancer and new techniques for the identification of minimal residual disease.
The Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases continues to expand its facilities to meet the growing needs of its faculty and students. Today, two buildings offer 133,000 square feet of research and office space. Faculty and students have access to state-of-the-art research equipment both within the Eppley Institute and in other shared on-campus facilities, including: Cell Culture Facility, Histology, Molecular Biology Core Laboratory, Molecular Modeling Core, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Safety and Animal Facility.
Hixson-Lied Center for Clinical Excellence
The Nebraska Medical Center unveiled the Hixson-Lied Center for Clinical Excellence in October 2005. The Center is the largest emergency department in the Midwest, with more than 27 state-of-the-art operating rooms, radiology equipment that can scan the body in 10 seconds and a Newborn Intensive Care Unit designed around our tiniest patients.
The four-story, 165,000 square foot (15,330 square meters), $57.3 million building houses the Emergency Department; a Newborn Intensive Care Unit that is built around sick and premature newborns and their families; a Radiology Unit equipped with the latest technology; and Operating Rooms, each designed for both the minimally-invasive procedures and open surgeries like liver transplantation.
The new emergency department provides patients the help they need more quickly and efficiently. With 33 rooms, bedside patient registration and valet parking, patients get in and out of the E.D. faster. Spread across two floors, the Radiology Department streamlines the patient experience by offering most of its services in one place. New, state-of-the-art radiology equipment capture images of a heart in just five heartbeats and scan the whole body in about 10 seconds. The Operating Rooms are larger and all of them are outfitted with the OR-1 technology and the equipment needed to do minimally invasive procedures or large open surgeries like organ transplantation.
Sitting atop the Hixson-Lied Center for Clinical Excellence is a place made just for premature infants and sick newborns. The Newborn Intensive Care Unit features 34 private suites where baby and family can bond in privacy and medical peace-of-mind. Just next door to the NICU is an oasis in the middle of a hospital. The Rooftop Garden is a place where families and patients can go to escape the medical world and regroup, relax or regenerate.
The Monroe Meyer Institute specializes in working with persons with genetic disorders and developmental disabilities. Focus areas are education, research, training, and clinical services provided in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment to support individuals with special healthcare needs and their families.
Since 1959, Munroe-Meyer Institute has provided statewide services to individuals with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and special healthcare needs. In the past ten years, major advances have been made in the area of genetics and prevention of certain types of birth defects, such as spina bifida. The Institute is dedicated to the research necessary to continue prevention and treatment of genetic disease. MMI’s commitment can be seen in the significant advances made at the Center for Human Molecular Genetics.
Some of the main areas of basic and applied research include: molecular genetics, brain malformation, heritable conditions involving connective tissue and inherited cranio facial disorders.
The Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education
Our latest edition to the ever-growing construction and improvement includes the Michael F. Sorrell Center, a 134,183 square feet (14,909 square meters) of educational facilities with a building that features the very latest in technology, including: wireless technology throughout, smart classrooms featuring interactive technology, a clinical skills center where students can learn communications skills and practice clinical decision making in a safe, simulated environment.
Innovative technology and teaching laboratories will be equipped with virtual microscopy and a flexible design that enable students to interact with the latest, most advanced technology.
The facility provides small group instruction rooms that can support problem-based learning, small and large amphitheaters, and a large interactive space featuring student lounges, study areas and other student-oriented amenities. There is a campus events center which provides a setting for campus, alumni and community events and creates an environment for the lifelong learning so critical for today’s health professionals. Beautifully landscaped green space around the facility provides avenue for student and campus interactions.
Durham Research Center of Excellence
Durham Research Center of Excellence was completed in November 2003. This 10-story building houses 116 research labs, 15 class rooms and a 319-seat auditorium. A second twin building is planned for completion in late 2008.
Research interests at UNMC include: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Physiology Receptors & Signal Transduction, Stem Cell Biology, Teratology, Toxicology and Virology. Extensive research work also includes Lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, Nicotine (and other) Addictions, Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer.
UNMC Plans for the Future of Healthcare
To accommodate continued growth, UNMC leaders presented a new planning model that allows the 112-acre (over 45 hectors) campus in midtown Omaha to remain compact, while expanding in research, clinical care and academics. As new buildings rise on the campus periphery or are redeveloped, UNMC will create distinct zones for research, clinical care and academic education.
Although research laboratories are found in most major buildings, the bulk of the research activity, as well as graduate education, will be in the soon-to-be-built Research Center of Excellence II. Educational activity occurs across campus, but academic education will become more dominant where the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education is being built. Clinical education will remain focused at the center of the campus, where the hospital and outpatient clinics are located.
The 2006-2015 Facilities Development Plan proposes construction that would yield:
- A UNMC Comprehensive Cancer Center building in the near term; followed by an additional research tower.
Renovated lab space in such older buildings as Wittson Hall, Swanson Hall, the College of Pharmacy and the Eppley Science Hall.
Additional outpatient clinical offices at UNMC, including a new UNMC Geriatric Center.
A facility to house the new College of Public Health.
An addition to the College of Nursing in Omaha to support enrollment increases, expanded research and office space.
Renovation of teaching clinics at the College of Dentistry in Lincoln, as well as a building addition to increase research laboratory capacity.
New parking structures near campus entry points to minimize increasing traffic.
Additional green space and pedestrian pathways, as well as signature features including an outdoor ice rink.