The University of Nebraska Medical Center builds on a rich, vibrant history that dates back to the end of the 19th century. UNMC continues to be committed to its mission to improve the health of Nebraskans and beyond.
UNMC was founded by the Nebraska Legislature in 1869, chartered in 1881 as the state’s first medical college, and became part of the University of Nebraska in 1902. It grew with the additions of a dental college (1903), pharmacy college (1908), nursing college (1917), allied health training programs (early 1930s) and the Graduate College (1942). UNMC not only expanded to meet the needs of future health professionals but also consolidated several of its colleges into an Omaha campus destined to sustain its growth.
Expansion includes College of Nursing brick-and-mortar sites in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Scottsbluff and Norfolk, Nebraska. They were built to advance nursing care and address predicted critical shortages of nurses and nursing faculty.
UNMC formed the College of Public Health in 2006. Its state-of-the-art building -- named the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health -- opened in 2011.
In 2015, the School of Allied Health Professions became the College of Allied Health Professions.
Completed and under-construction building projects include:
- The Lied Transplant Center, which opened in 1999, combines the latest in transplant patient care with innovative research areas;
- Twin research towers - the 10-level Durham Research Center, dedicated in 2003, and the Durham Research Center II, which opened in 2009;
- The Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, which opened in 2008, is the home of the UNMC College of Medicine;
- The Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit center designed to assist adults and children, opened in 2008;
- The Home Instead Center for Successful Aging – which combines geriatric care and a community-style center – opened in 2010;
- The Center for Nursing Science expansion to the UNMC College of Nursing Omaha campus opened in 2010;
- A student plaza – complete with an ice rink and campus art (“Hope” tower) feature – was dedicated in 2011.
- The Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, which was completed in Spring 2013.
- The Health Science Education Complex, a collaboration between UNMC and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, houses programs of the College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health Professions, completed in 2015;
- The UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education opened in 2016. The previous College of Pharmacy building was renamed the Joseph D. & Millie E. Williams Science Hall.
- The Lauritzen Outpatient Center, which includes the Fritch Surgery Center, opened in 2016.
- The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center shapes cancer care, research and education in Nebraska, the region and the world. Through collaboration between the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its hospital partner, Nebraska Medicine, patients experience personalized care – based on the latest scientific research – in one facility. This facility opened in June 2017.
- The Dr. Edwin Davis & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning will house and support the activities of UNMC's Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, an initiative more commonly known as iEXCEL℠. The initiative, which includes advanced simulation clinical settings and virtual immersive reality technology, will help transform how health science education and clinical care is delivered through competency-based learning and assessment. The facility is scheduled to open in 2019.
- For more details on these projects, see Campus Growth.
These projects were built with generous gifts from philanthropists, alumni and faculty.