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Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

3 Tips on How-to Navigate an academic-private-sector merger

Jeff Monzu AIA, NCARB
Vice President, LEO A DALY
Josh Olson
National Manager of Planning, Design, & Construction, Catholic Health Initiatives
Jason Studt, AHA CHC, LEED® AP
Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn

The CHI Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine and Hospital consolidation is one of Nebraska’s largest healthcare mergers to date. Completed in May of 2017, the $139 million project consisted of 280,000 SF of renovation to a 1,000,000+ SF hospital. Critical departments such as the ER, ICU, and NICU were moved, renovated, or worked-around; 11 bus-sized air handling units added or replaced; and a 140,000 SF building addition. The project merged the operation and culture of a teaching school and private hospital, and was completed without significant impact to patient population or experience. A CHI Health national manager, LEO A DALY vice president, and JE Dunn senior project manager will share challenges, achievements, and wisdom to help conference attendees succeed in their own consolidation projects. The presenters will share findings from a study of similar facilities, observations from related site tours, and a review of project outcomes.



1. Utilize 3 tips on how-to successfully consolidate an academic/private health system.
2. Sourced from multiple projects, identify the traits of successful mergers, and the common failures.
3. Integrate phasing strategies, construction techniques to minimize impact to patient care areas, and ways to merge operations and culture.
4. Resolve how design concepts are holding up a year after project completion.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH