Project NExT

Transforming Care, Training and Education Response

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine are embarking on a transformational project that aims to improve the capacity to address the health care needs of Nebraska and the readiness of the nation’s civilian and military health system to partner to respond to a catastrophic disaster such as another pandemic, an accident, or an overt attack.

Phase one of Project NExT, referred to as Project Health: Building the Healthiest Nebraska, provides needed campus enhancement to UNMC’s research, education, clinical, and community service missions at the main campus in Omaha.

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NExT: Transforming Care, Training & Education Response


Phase I – Project Health: Building the Healthiest Nebraska

In this phase, the focus is on modernizing clinical learning spaces, where Nebraska's future health care workforce train. More than 60 percent of those who provide patient care in hospitals across Nebraska are educated at UNMC and receive a good portion of their clinical education at Nebraska Medicine.

Project Health: Building the Healthiest Nebraska will allow UNMC to add 20 medical students to each class and 100 new residency training positions by year seven. 

Phases II and III focus on potential federal partnerships, which could include a joint civilian-military medical surge facility. 



As a truly transformational project with deep roots in both national defense strategy and 21st century health innovation, we are grateful to have received tremendous support to-date and are confident that we will reach our funding goals through public/private partnerships.

Recent News

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Omaha World Herald

UNMC's multibillion-dollar Project NExT reaches 'key milestone'

Omaha has been selected as one of five pilot sites in the U.S. tasked with developing a federal program to bolster the nation's disaster response capacity.

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ABC News

Doctor who correctly predicted COVID-19 death toll in US reflects on pandemic

One infectious disease specialist was able to predict the grim outcome.

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The Wall Street Journal

Evacuation of Diamond Princess Set Off Race for U.S. Hospital Beds

The arrival of 14 evacuees with the new coronavirus tested the U.S. public health system’s readiness to handle an influx of cases.

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ABC News

'American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here?': 5 key takeaways

An ABC News investigation examines the evolution of the global pandemic.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Have Been Highest in the World For 6 Months

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have soared past 7 million to date, with over 200,000 deaths, exactly six months since the country was reported to have the most number of cases in the world.

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The Atlantic

Hospitals Know What’s Coming

“We are on an absolutely catastrophic path,” said a COVID-19 doctor at America’s best-prepared hospital.

Additional Info/Resources

The Global Center for Health Security

The Global Center for Health Security at UNMC is home to the national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center, which features the nation's only federal quarantine unit and simulated biocontainment units for advanced experiential training.

Research Capabilities

The Global Center for Health Security is forging advances in biopreparedness and in moving critical, life-saving discoveries out of the lab and into clinical trials.

National Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center

The result of a nearly $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the TSQC encompasses an entire floor of the new $119 million Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center on UNMC’s Omaha campus.

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center

NETEC is comprised of faculty and staff from Emory University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue Hospital Center. All three of these health care institutions have safely and successfully treated patients with Ebola and have worked diligently to share their knowledge with other health care facilities and public health jurisdictions.

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