Press Release: 05.07.2015

McCarthy Breaks Ground on CHI Health’s New Academic Medical Center

McCarthy has broken ground on the new CHI Ambulatory Building, which is part of the new academic complex for Creighton University Medical Center. The $35 million, 80,000-square-foot facility will feature a new, team-based approach to healthcare, education and the community in one location to serve the region.

“McCarthy is a trusted partner who truly believes in taking care of its clients,” said Josh Olson, senior project manager, facilities operations for CHI. “We know they will deliver the same high standard of care in building this medical center for our community as we do in providing health care and education.”

McCarthy serves as construction manager and general contractor for the new ambulatory building, which will house the region’s first free-standing emergency department as well as outpatient and diagnostic services and community space. Specialty care services will include psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology and a pharmacy. The facility will also be home to Creighton University’s Family Medicine Residency Program with new technology that enables virtual visits with physicians located across town as well as student-patient learning, all with the goal of enabling interaction while reducing costs for patients. The complex is slated to open in late 2016.

“We know CHI Health is committed to serving the healthcare needs of the Omaha community while looking to develop leading educational opportunities for future healthcare professionals,” said Ryan Felton, McCarthy project director. “We are focused on providing them with excellent customer service throughout the construction of this building, so they can focus on what they do best – providing excellent healthcare and education to the community.”

McCarthy has a long history with CHI Health, serving as construction manager and general contractor to deliver their Generation Patient Program, a $250 million renovation and additional capital improvement program for five hospitals in the Omaha area, including CHI Health Immanuel, CHI Health Bergan Mercy, CHI Health Mercy, CHI Health Midlands and CHI Health Lakeside l. McCarthy also completed a previous capital improvement program called the New Era Initiative in addition to other various renovations and continuous work.

“We’ve worked with CHI Health for a long time, and we are proud that they have chosen McCarthy to build this forward-thinking healthcare facility,” said Ryan Sawall, McCarthy project manager. “We will continue to be a community partner by collaborating with local small and large businesses to successfully deliver the facility to CHI Health.”

McCarthy will work with Omaha-based Altus Architectural Studio, Specialized Engineering Solutions (SES) and Davis Companies on the new facility.

About CHI Health
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. Nearly 15,900 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the organization provided a combined $130.7 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit online at and

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s premier healthcare builder, consistently appearing on Modern Healthcare’s list of leading healthcare construction companies. Throughout all phases of a project, from early integrated design phase services, through construction and after completion, McCarthy builders utilize industry-leading construction techniques and the most sophisticated technology tools to deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best value. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,600 salaried employees with offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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