October marks five years since Madonna’s Omaha Campus first began offering hope and healing to the community. Since then, thousands of adults and children have benefitted from the world-class care they’ve received following an illness or injury.
A Clear Vision
Results from a 2012 independent study revealed more than 1,300 individuals qualified for rehabilitative care each year, but were referred to nursing homes or sent home instead. Thanks to visionary leadership coupled with passionate donors, outstanding partnerships and community-support, on Sept. 29, 2016, the $93 million Omaha Campus became a realty, helping fill that void in Omaha’s health care continuum.
A New era of Specialized Inpatient Physician Rehabilitation
The 260,000 square foot, 110-private room hospital was specially designed for rehabilitative care. Warm, inviting space coupled with specialized technology and expertly trained staff help patients regain their lives. Other features include Independence Square—a simulated community for patients to practice daily independent living skills, such as driving, laundry and grocery shopping— a warm-water pool and chapel. Outside, thoughtfully landscaped walkways and courtyards offer ample rehabilitation opportunities in a natural setting.
From the beginning, Madonna has partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, for physician support for patients. In addition, the partnership established the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program where medical students and residents train at the campus. The program, now in its fourth year, is a first of its kind in a 5-state region.
The collaboration combined with the community’s focus on cancer research, treatment and education, has spurred Madonna to develop a specialized rehabilitation program for survivors and their unique needs before, during and after treatment. The program addresses the functional issues related to the cancer diagnosis and provides preventative and restorative strategies so that each individual can achieve the highest level of independence possible.
In 2020, Madonna further expanded its footprint to keep pace with the growing demand for outpatient physiatry services, with the opening of the Physicians Clinic. The 7,800-square-foot clinic enhances training opportunities for the PM&R residency program and provides a variety of specialized outpatient services including concussion assessments and neuro vision services and is supported by Madonna’s expert therapy services.