Story from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

“It’s one of the most transformational projects we’ve had on this campus ever.” – UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen

A partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center, the proposed Rural Health Education Building in Kearney will further address the need for more health care workers in the state’s rural areas.

The Rural Health Education Building would build upon an existing partnership between UNK and UNMC that’s shown great success. The two institutions opened a $19 million Health Science Education Complex on UNK’s west campus in 2015, and that facility quickly filled to capacity.

The new Rural Health Education Building would allow UNMC to expand its existing nursing programs and bring new options to the UNK campus, including occupational therapy, medical nutrition, genetic counseling and respiratory care – all high-need areas in rural Nebraska.

For the first time, the UNMC College of Medicine would educate physicians in rural Nebraska, and a Master of Health Administration would be added to complement UNK’s undergraduate program.

The Rural Health Education Building would also offer professional development, training and continuing education opportunities for existing health care workers and support research that improves the lives of Nebraskans.

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine receive national attention for longtime focus on infectious diseases

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medicine are among those helping care for people who may be affected in some way by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

These organizations expertly handled the treatment of patients with Ebola in 2014 and are among the leaders in the treatment, training and quarantine methods for highly infectious diseases. Their work was recently highlighted in an article by The New York Times.

“So many of us are proud of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine for their combined expertise, leadership and help in responding to the international need to quickly address the coronavirus,” said Lisa Anibal of the University of Nebraska Foundation, who serves as director of philanthropic programs for Nebraska Medicine. “We’re also grateful for the support of our state and our many philanthropic contributors who have invested in these institutions over the years.”

Anibal said those wishing to support UNMC and Nebraska Medicine could consider these opportunities:

The University of Nebraska Foundation has a team of gift professionals who can also help. For more information, please contact them at or by phone at 402-502-0300 or 800-432-3216.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is the designated fundraising organization for Nebraska Medicine and UNMC.

Resources for more information
Coronavirus Q&A: What you need to know
About the UNMC Global Center for Health Security
National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETC) information about the coronavirus