The University of Nebraska Medical Center is a premier, nationally ranked, research and academic medical center located in Omaha, Nebraska. UNMC is part of the University of Nebraska System.
A private medical college was established in Omaha in 1880. Renamed the Omaha Medical College the following year, it became part of the University of Nebraska system in 1902. A university hospital opened in 1917. In 1968, the University of Nebraska decided to bring all of the health sciences under one umbrella and formed the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. In 1991, a technology transfer office was created known as UNeMed. In 1997, the UNMC hospital merged with the nearby Clarkson Hospital to become what was later renamed The Nebraska Medical Center.
Academics and rankings
The University of Nebraska College of Medicine is nationally recognized for excellence in professional medical education. In the national rankings, the College of Medicine is currently (2012) ranked 6th in the nation in primary care.
Other programs that also received a national ranking include: The Physician Assistant program tied for 16th; the College of Nursing's master's degree program ranked 36th; the College of Pharmacy ranked 32nd; the physical therapy program ranked 34th.
UNMC's commitment to research has resulted in the addition of the twin state-of-the-art Durham Research Towers (pictured above). Currently extramural support is above the $100 million mark.
UNMC opened the $52.7 million Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education in 2008 thrusting the college of medicine to the forefront of medical education in the United States. The Sorrell Center replaced obsolete facilities with technologically equipped classrooms and class laboratories, including clinical simulation rooms, interaction rooms, amphitheaters and a campus events center. Construction of the Sorrell Center was funded completely through private donations.
In January 2007, UNMC added a College of Public Health to its academic enterprise. This College addresses a variety of issues facing Nebraska, including health promotion and disease prevention, environmental health and safety, health care delivery, and biosecurity and biopreparedness. In 2011, the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health opened. This 52,500-square-foot (4,880 m2) facility houses the college.
Also completed in recent years are: 1) The Home Instead Center for Successful Aging. This two-level center increased clinical and translational research by establishing an appropriate environment for conducting clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other geriatric-specific disorders; 2) The Center for College of Nursing Sciences. The 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) building has enabled the college to enroll more nursing students and prepare more nurse faculty; 3) the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, which opened in June 2013.
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