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Creighton University Announces Construction of New Health Sciences Education Building

OMAHA, NE — Creighton University announces plans to construct a new, $75-million health sciences education building on its Omaha, Nebraska campus. The facility will be named the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education, in honor of donors C.L. and Rachel Werner, and will house programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other disciplines. RDG Planning & Design will lead the design for the center, marking the third collaboration between the two organizations following award-winning designs for the School of Dentistry in Omaha and the Health Sciences Campus in Phoenix.

Located south of Cuming Street and east of U.S. Highway 75 on what is now a faculty-staff parking lot, the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education will incorporate learning spaces to prepare the next generation of multidisciplinary health care teams. Once complete, the center will help define the Omaha campus as a health sciences education destination for interprofessional education and practice.

“At the core of Creighton’s education is the concept of ‘Cura Personalis,’ or the care of the whole person. Our long-standing collaborative design with the university is rooted in this idea, and we’ll continue working with Creighton to infuse it into the design of the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education. The new center will truly be unmatched in the region in its ability to prepare the next generation of best-prepared, practice-ready health care professionals,” said RDG Partner and Architect Brian Halsey, AIA, LEED AP.

Soon to be the nation’s largest Catholic health sciences educator, Creighton continues to focus on interdisciplinary education. The new facility will feature a centralized interdisciplinary simulation center and active group classrooms, bringing together medical, nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral health, and other students to train and learn.

“This cutting-edge facility will offer Creighton health sciences students an ideal place to work and learn as one,” said Robert Dunlay, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine. “The challenges of health care require teamwork. Our students will graduate as the clinic-ready health care leaders we need to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.”

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Approximately 5,900 students, faculty, and staff will use the building each year. The new facility will provide health sciences with more efficient space, resulting in an annual cost savings of $700,000.

“The new CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education will provide a central location for students and faculty to participate in teaching and learning among the various health sciences disciplines. The facility will promote Creighton University’s commitment to interprofessional education and practice,” said Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., University Provost.

Creighton expects to break ground on the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education in late summer 2021, and the building is scheduled to complete for the start of the fall 2023 semester.

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