Nebraska Medicine will open its Clarkson Family Medicine clinic Monday in a new location — renovated space in a historical building near 13th and Leavenworth Streets.
Residential and business growth downtown indicate a need for access to health care in the area, according to health system officials. More than 254,000 people lived within a 5-mile radius of downtown Omaha in 2016. That number is projected to approach 264,000 by 2021.
Meanwhile, the Clarkson Family Medicine clinic has outgrown the space it has occupied at 42nd and Douglas Streets for almost 30 years.
Nebraska Medicine follows a model that brings together primary care doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, behavioral health professionals and other providers to help people stay healthy and out of the hospital. But additional staff members require more space.
The new clinic is at 1319 Leavenworth St. in a building that was originally constructed in 1895 and once housed a business that sold bulk baking supplies.
More recently, the building had housed a CHI Health clinic. CHI Health now has clinics near 24th and Cuming and inside the Union Pacific headquarters.
Clinic manager Jamie Rudd said the new office at 1319 Leavenworth combines an Old Market vibe with a larger clinical space and new equipment and furnishings. The character of the building is preserved through features like exposed brick and wood beams.
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“We’re really hoping to capture some of the folks that are downtown,” she said, “and have more of a presence for people that are on the other side of the river” in Council Bluffs.
The new clinic has 16 exam rooms and a large room where providers can perform procedures such as cardiac stress tests that are beyond what some clinics can accommodate. It also offers a dedicated ultrasound room and X-ray.
There is dedicated parking on the south side of the building. That feature has alleviated concerns some of the clinic’s loyal, longtime patients had expressed about finding parking downtown, she said. The new location is also on a bus line.
Clarkson College is taking over the old clinic space to support the growth of its educational programs.
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