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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Omaha Campus Campaign

September 18, 2018

Our gratitude is an exclamation point on a journey that started with a clear vision, crystallized by a compelling need and fulfilled because of outstanding partnerships, passionate donors and community-wide support. 

The need was clear.  By 2012, more than 1,300 patients from Omaha’s trauma units each year qualified for post-acute rehabilitation but instead were referred to nursing facilities or sent home. Madonna’s Lincoln Campus could not meet that demand. 

The goal: build a world-class rehabilitation hospital by collaborating with Omaha’s excellent medical community, which was underserved in physical rehabilitation. Philanthropy ignited the  $93.6 million project. Medical, academic, design, construction and philanthropic partnerships were developed with several key leaders including the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, along with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, as well as countless civic and business leaders.

Madonna is proud to announce the Omaha Campus Campaign has accomplished its initial goal of raising $10 million in gifts and pledges toward the project. In addition, Madonna met the guidelines for a challenge grant from a generous local foundation to receive another $1 million gift. To date, the campaign has raised $11.1 million and counting …

“Many, many individuals, families, corporations and foundations came forward to become difference-makers. Their leadership and unwavering support were critical for the success of Madonna’s Omaha Campus,” said John C. Glenn, vice president for development. “We are so grateful to the hundreds of donors who made the Omaha Campus a reality. Because of their heartfelt gifts, Omaha is now home to world-class rehabilitation.”

More than 280 donors have contributed to the success of the campaign. These dedicated donors come from our local roots in Omaha and Lincoln, as well as other communities across the state. They also hail from as far away as Kansas, Missouri, California and New Jersey. 

We will honor our donors with a complete listing in the January 2019 issue of the Independent. Their support launched the Omaha Campus opening in the fall of 2016. Since then, the Omaha Campus has been consistently full, serving patients from 27 states and every hospital system in the 
metro area. 

“With a demanding timeline, this project accomplished all of its detailed goals because of incredible support of many partners, civic leaders and friends,” said Paul Dongilli, Jr., Ph.D., president and CEO. “We are so proud and honored to be a member of Omaha’s outstanding medical community, which is a destination point for nationally and internationally recognized health care. To the hundreds of donors who made this possible, we say thank you.”