Coming 2017

Respected for decades as the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, the new name, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, and its future home, create greater possibilities for cancer research and care.

It all starts with a vision. In this case, a multidisciplinary, singularly focused cancer center – with a research tower, inpatient cancer and outpatient cancer areas. The new $323 million Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, the largest project ever on campus, was named in recognition of a gift from Pamela Buffett, through her foundation, the Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation. Pamela’s husband, Fred “Fritz” Buffett, died in 1997 after fighting kidney cancer.

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center includes:

  • A 10-story, 98-laboratory research tower named the Suzanne and Walter Scott Cancer Research Tower;
  • An eight-story, 108-bed inpatient treatment center named the C.L. Werner Cancer Hospital; and
  • A multidisciplinary outpatient center.

The project will create thousands of jobs citywide in construction and other industries. In addition, approximately 1,200 jobs will be needed at the medical center – each with an average salary of approximately $70,000. In total, the project will provide 4,657 new jobs to the metro area, infusing $537 million annually into the economy on an on-going basis. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will be ready for occupancy in 2017.

“This is a collaborative effort to bring a sizable amount of economic development to our community and state…”
Michael Yanney, Chair, UNMC Committee for Campaign for Nebraska
“This entire initiative is about our cancer patients and ensuring that we are doing everything we can to bring world-class care to them…”
Theresa Franco, Vice President, Cancer Care Service Line, Nebraska Medicine
“This one of a kind facility will bring cancer researchers and clinicians together in one space, working together to meet the promise of Serious Medicine Extraordinary Care for our cancer patients.”
Daniel DeBehnke, MD, MBA , CEO, Nebraska Medicine
“… It will solidify Omaha’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading centers for patient care and medical research.”
Walter Scott Jr., Philanthropist/Community Leader
“This is a transformational project for all Nebraskans.”
Harold M. Maurer, MD, Chancellor Emeritus
“The Comprehensive Cancer Center will support the education and close interactions of physicians, trainees, and cancer researchers to work on cancer treatments for the future.”
Julie M. Vose, MD, Chief, UNMC Division of Hematology/Oncology
“…We currently mix our inpatients and outpatients for procedures…The new ambulatory center will provide a more satisfying and efficient experience for our patients.”
Tim Kingston, MD, Comprehensive Clinical Care Committee
“It is important to recognize the significance of this project for the campus, community and region. The entirety of the cancer center project will take us to the next level in terms of both research and patient care.”
Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, UNMC chancellor and advisory board chairman
“This kind of single-site facility is the future of cancer care and research.”
Ken Cowan, MD, PhD, director, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
“…These are high paying (industry) jobs, which mean that’s going to turn over in our community about seven times. So this is a real economic boon for us.”
Terry Moore, President, Omaha Federation of Labor
“As a business owner and neighbor in midtown I cherish the opportunity to continue to see midtown grow and have its impact throughout the city.”
Tim Holland, Principal, Holland Basham Architects