March/April 2007

Alegent Health to Operate Lasting Hope Recovery Center

Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb., will operate a new behavioral health center dedicated to serving the needs of families and communities in the Omaha area. Lasting Hope Recovery Center will provide a continuum of care ranging from crisis intervention and inpatient treatment to subacute services. Development of the center resulted from a collaborative process that involved community leaders, hospitals, state and local government and educators. “This announcement represents a significant step forward in providing the services behavioral health consumers and their families deserve, and I want to express my thanks to all those whose vision and expertise helped make this project a reality,” said Dave Heineman, governor of Nebraska. A $17.5 million capital commitment for the new facility has been provided through private gifts and a new foundation. The new facility will have 64 beds for acute and subacute care; a crisis center with 24-hour call-in support; and services such as urgent outpatient care. “Emergency rooms across our city are finding it difficult to provide the specialized care necessary for those experiencing mental health crises,” said Wayne Sensor, chief executive officer of Alegent Health. “This state-of-the-art facility will ensure that our most vulnerable citizens get the care they need in a setting designed for their special needs.” For more information, contact Dina Maas of Alegent Health at