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Hubbard Center for Children breaks ground

Image with caption: An artist's rendering of the Hubbard Center for Children

An artist's rendering of the Hubbard Center for Children

Children's Hospital & Medical Center, a partner of UNMC, is building a 10-floor, 500,000-square-foot clinical facility at 84th & Dodge streets to accommodate growing demand for its services and improve pediatric care for patients and families.

At a private ceremony Thursday, Children's shared project details, broke ground on the new structure and announced its name: the Hubbard Center for Children. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard, longtime Omaha residents and philanthropists.

"This is about much more than a building; it's about improving the lives of children and families and improving our community," says Richard G. Azizkhan, M.D., Children's President & CEO. "As the only pediatric hospital in the region, we are often at capacity-and children are leaving our community for specialized care elsewhere. The Hubbard Center for Children will ensure those gaps are closed."

The cutting-edge Hubbard Center for Children will be home to many of Children's critical pediatric programs and services:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the region's only Level IV NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Theodore F. Hubbard, M.D., Cardiac Care Center
  • Surgical Services
  • Fetal Care Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Short-Stay Observation Unit

Connected physically and integrated architecturally, the Hubbard Center for Children will stand between the hospital and the Specialty Pediatric Center. More than 70 new inpatient beds are planned for the center, with space for additional beds as needed. An attached parking garage will offer 1,000 stalls. The project also involves renovating more than 100,000-square-feet in the current hospital.

HDR is providing architecture and engineering services for the project; the Kiewit Building Group will serve as construction manager. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2021. The estimated cost of the new facility is $450 million.

With the Hubbard Center for Children, more robust programs and services will be possible, including enhancements to programs of national prominence like osteogenesis imperfecta, which draws patients from across the country and around the world. Planned areas of growth include:

  • Colorectal Center
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Fetal Surgery
  • Expanded Pain Management
  • Transitional Care
  • Behavioral Health Medical Stabilization
  • Larger Pharmacy
  • Enhanced Radiology & Pathology Services

The Hubbard Center for Children will be essential in advancing Children's commitment to research and education. "We believe that a strong children's hospital will draw expertise from around the country; and that new facilities and leading-edge programs will allow our education and research efforts to flourish," Dr. Azizkhan said.


The five-year, $50 million "Changing Lives Together" capital campaign will help support the critically-important Hubbard Center for Children and fuel amplified research efforts. Children's is grateful to the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation for a generous lead gift.

In addition to naming the building, the foundation also has pledged support to key areas within the facility, including the new Theodore F. Hubbard, M.D., Cardiac Care Center and the Claire M. Hubbard Healing Garden Solarium. Ted Hubbard Jr. and his wife Colleen have funded the new Rooftop Garden.

Claire Watson Hubbard was a Boston native and graduated from Regis College in Massachusetts. During World War II, she was a dietitian for the Army and served four years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She met Nebraska native and physician Theodore "Ted" Hubbard in Washington, D.C., and they married in 1950. Ted Hubbard was a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he received a bachelor's degree and then a doctor of medicine in 1946. He completed an internship and served two years in the Army, stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Hubbards moved to Omaha in 1953 and raised two children, Anne and Theodore Jr. Ted Hubbard became a pioneer in the field of cardiology and dedicated his career to the people of Nebraska and western Iowa. He died in 1995 and Claire died in 2011. They established charitable family foundations through their estates to continue their philanthropic ambitions.

The Hubbard family has generously supported the University of Nebraska over the years. Their contributions have benefited UNMC, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska State Museum and its branch museum at Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park and University of Nebraska at Omaha.

To learn more about the Hubbard Center for Children, the Changing Lives Together capital campaign and other naming and sponsorship opportunities, please visit ChangingLives.ChildrensOmaha.org.

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