Alegent Creighton Health (formerly Alegent Health) pledges allegiance to medical wellbeing in its corner of the Midwest. The not-for-profit health care system operates ten full-service hospitals with about 1,500 beds in Omaha and surrounding communities in eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa, including Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Immanuel Medical Center. Alegent Creighton Health's hospitals provide specialty services including cardiovascular, orthopedic, and cancer care; it also operates psychiatric, retirement housing, home health, and outpatient centers. The health system is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Healthcare System and is affiliated with Creighton University.
The company changed its name to Alegent Creighton Health in 2012 after it acquired the 400-bed Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) in Omaha from its former owners, Tenet Healthcare (which owned 74% of CUMC) and Creighton University (26%), for around $60 million to expand its hospital network and educational programs. Alegent Creighton Health already provided a number of academic programs in partnership with the university in areas such as psychiatry, women's health, nursing, and pharmacy; through the purchase, the company became the primary provider of teaching locations for the Creighton University School of Medicine.
In addition to CUMC, the transaction with Tenet and Creighton University added a physician practice organization, Creighton Medical Associates (CMA), which was combined with the Alegent Health Clinic organization under the new Alegent Creighton Health Clinics name. The facilities provide primary care via a network of doctors in Omaha and surrounding areas. There are also two Express Care clinics that offer urgent care for non-life-threatening ailments and six Quick Care clinics in Omaha (located in Hy-Vee retail stores) that provide minor medical ailment treatment, as well as sports physicals and vaccinations. The idea behind the clinics is to divert patients who might otherwise end up at ERs with non-emergency symptoms (thus lowering hospital expenses).
In addition to expanding its facilities, the transaction also helped Alegent Creighton create a more unified regional health network that will be better able to compete and thrive in the changing US health care landscape. The purchase of CUMC and CMA, as well as the stronger alliance with Creighton University, will have a direct impact on Alegent Creighton Health's long-term goal of providing meaningful, quality care and integrated health management services -- while simultaneously lowering medical expenses -- within its regional service territories.
Alegent Creighton Health is a joint venture between Catholic Health Initiatives, which counts the Sisters of Mercy of Omaha among its sponsors, and the Immanuel Healthcare System, an organization sponsored by the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Alegent Creighton Health was formed in 1996 when Immanuel Medical Center and Bergan Mercy Medical Center chose to join forces. In 2012, however, Immanuel Healthcare System agreed to transfer full sponsorship duties of Alegent Creighton Health to CHI.