Ground Broken on New Bellevue Medical Center

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May 17, 2007. Omaha, Neb.

Signs of progress will be visible at the site of a brand new hospital in Bellevue. Community leaders, hospital founders, board members and others officially broke ground May 17, 2007, on Bellevue Medical Center. 

“We’ve spent the past year in very careful and deliberate consideration as we design and plan this project,” said Richard Osterholm, M.D., Chairman, Bellevue Medical Center Board of Directors. “Our goal is to give this area the very best hospital we can. This ground breaking represents a significant step forward not only for Bellevue Medical Center, but also for our future patients.”

The hospital, located in the southwest corner of Highway 370 and 25th Street, will fulfill a growing need in the area.

“The Bellevue-Offutt community is rapidly expanding with commercial and residential development on the rise,” said Bellevue Mayor Ed Babbitt. “Quality healthcare is a key component of this growth. We are proud to support Bellevue Medical Center.”

“As this community continues to thrive, the need for a full-service hospital is only going to increase. Not only will Bellevue Medical Center fulfill that need, it will be a place where patients and their families receive extraordinary care from talented physicians, nurses and staff,” said Glenn A. Fosdick, FACHE, president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center.

Plans for the hospital have evolved since the announcement one year ago. The original 60-bed count has increased to 100.  Each inpatient room will still be private, offering patients both peace and a little extra space as they heal. The overall size of Bellevue Medical Center has also grown to 250,000 square feet.

“We’ve taken extra time in the development phase of this project to assemble an excellent team that’s putting together a solid plan for this medical campus,” explained Cynthia Arbaugh, project administrator for Bellevue Medical Center. “We refuse to rush this process. We will take the time needed to build a phenomenal hospital for this community.”

The hospital will be full-service, providing comprehensive patient care. Features include a 24/7 emergency department, intensive care unit, labor and delivery, inpatient and outpatient surgery, cardiac catheterization lab, a pharmacy, radiology and lab testing. A planned helipad will allow for urgent patient transports, if needed.

“We will be able to provide the very best in patient care and service to an area of southeastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa that until now has experienced a gap in healthcare,” said John Lehning, Bellevue Medical Center’s Director of Construction. “We’ve been working hand in glove with Bellevue, Offutt and the surrounding communities to ensure we meet their needs.”

Interior designs for the hospital center around nature, using natural light and materials as well as soothing colors.  Convenience is also a consideration. Corridors will be designed for ease of access and simple navigation by visitors.  Arbaugh says it’s all about promoting health and healing.

“We want to create a peaceful environment for our patients and families, while also providing them with quality patient care,” she explained. “Since we are building this facility from the ground up, we have the unique opportunity to design it around the latest medical technology. From diagnostics to the operating room, we will utilize state-of-the-art equipment.”

The same can be said for a new medical office building that will be located next to the hospital. It will provide another 80,000 square feet of patient care in the form of clinics, access to specialists, and diagnostic services.

Also located near the hospital and the medical office building will be a healing garden that will serve as a quiet place of reflection for patients and families.

“Research has shown patients feel better and heal faster when they have access to nature.  If they can see a beautiful area or even get outside for a short time, it contributes to a faster recovery,” explained Arbaugh. “Additionally, hospitals can be a high stress environment. We think our medical staff will also benefit from our healing garden and the other soothing elements we are working into the overall hospital design.”

The project team for Bellevue Medical Center consists of architectural firm HDR; developer Frauenshuh Healthcare Real Estate Solutions; and Kiewit Building Group. 

The estimated cost of construction for the hospital is $100 million. The medical campus is expected to be complete in early 2010. 


With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary patient care, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned J.D. Power and Associates’ Hospital of Distinction award two consecutive years. It also received the 2006 Consumer Choice Award, a mark of patient satisfaction as selected by healthcare consumers and has achieved Magnet recognition status for nursing excellence, as well as the Award of Progress from the state of Nebraska’s Edgerton Quality Awards Program. As the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, this 689 licensed bed academic medical center has an international reputation for providing solid organ and bone marrow transplantation services and is well known nationally and regionally for its oncology, neurology and cardiology programs. The Nebraska Medical Center can be found online at