Quality of care is focus of new Nebraska Medicine, UNO collaboration

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University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students who take advantage of on-campus health services this new academic year will benefit from streamlined access to the most comprehensive health network in the region.

Nebraska Medicine has assumed management of UNO Health Services in a new collaboration aimed at long-term enhancement of the quality of care available to UNO’s campus community. Nebraska Medicine is the primary clinical teaching partner for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), which allows patients to benefit from one of the nation’s leaders in cutting-edge research and education. Nebraska Medicine also operates the University Health Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

“The time is right to make this exciting change,” says UNMC and UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD. “The leaders at UNO, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are dedicated to not only providing the best educational experience for students, but offering the highest-level quality of patient care.”

Nebraska Medicine – UNO Health Center remains in UNO’s Health and Kinesiology building and will continue its business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Apart from the new name, clinic staff says the most noticeable change will be the integration of an electronic patient health record system, which will allow patients to easily view medical records and request appointments. Patients will also experience increased ease of referral through the Nebraska Medicine health network.

“With more than 1,000 physicians, two hospitals and 40 specialty and primary clinics, we’re honored to bring the Nebraska Medicine-brand promise of ‘Serious Medicine. Extraordinary Care.’ to the UNO campus,” says Jill Lynch-Sosa, director of Student Health Operations. “Students and staff can have peace of mind, knowing we’re here to connect them with the services they need.”

Cathy Pettid, UNO assistant vice chancellor for student success and dean of students, says the change contributes to UNO’s ongoing efforts to support student wellness.

“We are fortunate to have access to the team at Nebraska Medicine, who not only bring tremendous expertise, but also an appreciation for higher education and a deep understanding of the specific needs of a campus environment,” Pettid says. “Our students’ health and well-being are very important to us and our students could not be in better hands.”

UNO’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) was not included in the Nebraska Medicine – UNO Health Services transition, and will remain a UNO-operated campus service.

This story was provided to the foundation courtesy of Nebraska Medicine.

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