PLANS UNVEILED FOR NEW CANCER CENTER
It would be the largest proposed project on the medical center campus.
A new cancer center would house research facilities, a multidisciplinary outpatient treatment center and clinic, and a new hospital tower.
"This is a transformational project for all Nebraskans," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "These facilities will not only benefit our clinicians and researchers but most importantly, patients."
Initial plans call for three facilities:
- A multidisciplinary outpatient clinic;
- A 98-lab research tower; and
- A hospital tower with 108 beds dedicated to oncology patients.
Plans also call for construction of an ambulatory care clinic near 42nd and Farnam streets to provide outpatient space for programs outside of cancer.
The University of Nebraska seeks $50 million from the state to support construction of the cancer research tower as part of the University of Nebraska's "Building a Healthier Nebraska" initiative.
The new cancer facility in Omaha would help the medical center in its goal to become a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Comprehensive Cancer Center by 2020.
Medical center leaders expect the cancer project will create about 1,200 new jobs by 2020 and infuse $100 million annually into Nebraska's economy.