Emotional last call at Creighton University Medical Center

The last staff at Creighton University Medical Center gathered around the nurse’s desk Friday morning to hear the last call come over the radio.

“You may be closed, but you will always be open in our hearts.”

With that CUMC closed its doors for good. It was a moment four years in the making.

“When the day actually arrived, it was really exciting,” Kevin Schwedhelm, vice president of patient care, said.

Along with the brand new trauma ICU, the new facilities brings many exciting changes.

“We have a tremendous NICU, our women’s services has a whole pavilion to itself, and of course, the medical school and the new academic clinic building,” Schwedhelm said.

The new center has many upgrades, including a garage set to fit four ambulances, a new helicopter pad, 52 larger patient rooms, four resuscitation bays and over a dozen specialized operating rooms.

“We are all coming together, it’s amazing to bring two groups of people together,” Schwedhelm said. “Create something new that is really going to serve our community.