CenterPointe makes progress on $27 million one-stop shop for health care

CenterPointe still needs about $1.5 million in campaign

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Soon the CenterPointe Campus for health and well-being will be the first of its kind in Lincoln and throughout the state.

The campus, near 11th and South Streets, will offer everything from housing to mental health and substance use services to primary care.

Every floor offers a different service, starting with a crisis response team on the lower level.

If someone in crisis comes in, a professional will be just steps away.

If they need a doctor or medication, both a pharmacy and primary care will be in the same building.

“We will be able to provide that response for the hundreds and thousands of people that need help,” said Topher Hansen, president and CEO of CenterPointe.

Families will be able to access primary care, such as physicals for school, in an area of Lincoln where there is little to no primary care offered.

When the building was constructed in the 1920s, it housed nurses who worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Hansen said that back in the late 1800s, when St. Elizabeth was in the same area, people worried that because it was a Catholic hospital, it would only serve Catholic.

But the nuns and doctors made it clear that it was open to anyone in need, and now the CenterPointe campus wants to make it clear that it is open to anyone in need.

The historic outside shell of the building will be preserved, but the inside will be completely redone.

“We are putting a brand-new building in the old structure and giving it new life far beyond any of our lives,” Hansen said. “So it will be an icon for Lincoln in terms of providing whole health and integrated care to anybody in the community that needs help.”

After the social isolation of the pandemic, being community-centered is a huge part of the campus, from multiple large conference rooms to a serenity garden outside.

“The activities in the well-being conference center could be yoga, meditation and healthy cooking,” Hansen said. “We have a commercial kitchen down there that is set up to have multiple people in preparing food, so it can be a teaching kitchen. So all the activities down there will be focused on health and well-being.”

Some new positions will become available when the building is open, but staffing shortages are not something CenterPointe is worried about, as most of the workers are already hired.

“Largely it will be staff that are already working for us and will move over here and just have more elbow room,” Hansen said.

There will be 32 apartments spread out on two floors of the building. Sixteen apartments will be for people receiving services from CenterPointe who may benefit from a community setting.

The sixteen other units are for people transitioning out of recovery.  The space is an open floor plan to be inclusive to anyone who may have suffered a trauma and does not like dark or confined areas.

“About half the people we serve come in our doors without any home,” Hansen said. “So our job then is to not only help them with the mental health substance and primary care issues, but to get them housing and to take care of their basic needs.”

The hope is to open the two floors of apartments by December.  The rest should be up and running no later than February.

CenterPointe will also be celebrating 50 years of operation in 2023.

It still needs about $1.5 million to fully fund this project, as it has faced increases in prices.

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