History of Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue

Published October 13, 2017

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Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue is a community hospital committed to healing and preventive health care services that support the long-term health and well being of the residents of Bellevue and the surrounding area. The medical center includes 24-hour emergency care, maternity services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, intensive care, cardiology services, cancer services, a pharmacy, radiology, diagnostic and lab testing as well as 91 private inpatient suites.

Adjacent to the hospital is the 60,000 square foot Bellevue Medical Office Building that houses family medicine and specialty physicians. The building further enhances patient care and convenience by providing clinics and state-of-the-art diagnostic services to assist physicians in providing prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue first opened its doors in 2010 under the name Bellevue Medical Center. In October 2014, it was publicly announced that The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians would operate under one name: Nebraska Medicine. The move clinically integrated the three organizations, which sees more than 500,000 patient visits yearly.

Building Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue was a collaborative project between community members, physicians, nurses and administrative staff. This cooperative model was inspired by the vision of Bellevue practitioner Roy Holeyfield Sr., MD, who originally approached Nebraska Medicine about partnering with physicians in a similar project. Plans for the community hospital further evolved with the closure of Ehrling Bergquist Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base, which is one of the United States Air Force’s family physician training facilities.

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From the earliest stages, physicians and nurses played a significant role in hospital planning, technology and patient care models. Energy efficiency and environmental friendliness are important themes in the building as well, making it one of the most energy efficient hospitals in the Midwest. This eco-conscious theme has been carried throughout the entire facility, from the design to the use of natural resources to create a soothing environment that not only enhances healing but also promotes a general sense of health and well being.

The hospital building has been designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the recognized standard for achieving specific design and construction practices that meet some of the highest performance standards possible for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly practices.

In 2014, Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue formed a working partnership with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, which provides inpatient rehabilitation services for individuals with complex medical conditions. While Madonna’s new Omaha campus was under construction, they opened a 32-bed hospital unit on the fourth floor of Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue. Once Madonna’s Omaha campus was completed in 2016, the beds were transferred back to Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue and a 20-bed inpatient unit was created.

In May 2017, Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue was inducted into the Sarpy County Business Hall of Fame, a program that recognizes those who work to make Sarpy County grow and prosper. In addition, Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue is a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and a certified Chest Pain Center by The American College of Cardiology.