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NE Medicine/UNMC announce expansion plans for campus

Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 18:33:51-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Medicine and UNMC will be making some changes on campus which they hope will make the institute "one of the most elite academic medical centers in the world, capable of preparing for and treating the most complex infectious diseases. "

The project will consist of new buildings on the northwest corner of the campus, where the Monroe-Meyer Institute currently stands. They say the new buildings may include one or more new towers for "research, education and inpatient care."

Nebraska Medicine and UNMC said in a release that they hope project will help ensure continued growth and prosperity:

At a time when health care and education are changing rapidly, sitting still is not an option. Our organizations must plan for growth and create a vision for the future. Though early, economic impact projections show an expansion like this could generate billions of dollars to Nebraska’s economy in the years ahead.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has hopes for the project's impact on the Metro:

"The University of Nebraska Medical Center is recognized as a leader in essential patient care, health education and medical research. UNMC's growth has created exceptional employment and development in midtown. The city is proud and excited to support continued campus growth and the opportunity to expand UNMC's role in the treatment of infectious diseases and other biological hazards."

The yet-to-be-named expansion project will be funded through a partnership with local donors at an estimated cost of $1-2 billion.