Creighton breaks ground on $75 million health sciences building

May 13, 2021 By Micah Mertes

On Wednesday, May 12, Creighton celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education, a new facility that will dramatically change the west side of campus.

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A shot of everyone at the groundbreaking.

This is a truly transformational moment in our history. It will serve as a symbol of the connections we are making at Creighton — between our spaces, between our disciplines, between ourselves and the people we care for.

Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, President
The Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD Creighton president

On Wednesday, May 12, Creighton celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education, a new facility that will dramatically change the west side of campus.

Named for CL and Rachel Werner, longtime Creighton supporters who announced the transformational investment in February, the new five-story facility will bring Creighton’s entire campus east of U.S. Highway 75. It is expected to open in fall 2023.

The Werners attended Wednesday afternoon's outdoor ceremony, along with a few dozen other guests. CL Werner spoke during the event; as did Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD; Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert; and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Various local media covered the event, including the Omaha World-Herald, WOWT and KMTV.
 


The CL Werner Center will further Creighton's health sciences enterprise and the interprofessional model of education the University embraces.

The facility will bring together medical, nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, behavioral health and other students to train and learn with — and from — each other. The collaborative environment features a centralized interdisciplinary simulation center and active group classrooms.

Here are several photos from Wednesday's event. Here are some of the ways the CL Werner Center will build upon Creighton's strengths.

From left: Rachel Werner, CL Werner and Father Hendrickson at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Werner Center.
From left: Rachel Werner, CL Werner and Father Hendrickson at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the CL Werner Center.
From left: Rachel Werner, Father Hendrickson and CL Werner at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Werner Center.
From left: Rachel Werner, Father Hendrickson and CL Werner at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the CL Werner Center.
CL Werner speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Werner Center.
CL Werner speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the CL Werner Center.
Gov. Pete Ricketts at the ceremonial groundbreaking.
Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking.
Mayor Jean Stothert speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking.
Mayor Jean Stothert speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking.
Father Hendrickson behind the wheel of the forklift at the groundbreaking.
Father Hendrickson behind the wheel of a forklift at the ceremonial groundbreaking.
Renderings of the CL Werner Center

The CL Werner Center

“The CL Werner Center is a beacon of our commitment to the health sciences and interprofessional model we use to teach them,” says Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD.

“It is one of multiple areas in which we are showing growth and progress in Creighton’s health sciences enterprise, as we continue to form leaders in the Jesuit tradition across all fields of health care.”