University Health Center

This 2013 file photo shows the University Health Center on the UNL campus.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will transfer management of its on-campus health center to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on July 1.

UNMC will form a long-range plan on how to operate the University Health Center with input from students, faculty, staff and the health center's advisory board.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman presented the plan to health center staff Thursday.

“This partnership will help UNL to continue to advance quality health care for our students,” he said in a news release. “I appreciate the willingness of our colleagues at UNMC to assist us in assuring a continued high level of health care for our student body.”

UNL had worked with Bryan Health to take over operations of the center in its current location at 1500 U St. and build a new $14.4 million building by December 2014, but the University of Nebraska Board of Regents ultimately rejected the contract.

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold said in a news release that Perlman reached out to UNMC to manage the health center. UNL noted that it is common to have university health clinics run by the university's medical schools.

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"We are taking on this responsibility because we have expertise in the areas of health care management and delivery, which have grown increasingly complex," Gold said. "We are excited about ensuring that this clinic best meets the health needs of UNL students."

The plans do not affect any current health center staff, UNL said.

UNMC plans to build a referral network with specialty partners in Lincoln and Omaha, the university said.

The concept to build a new UHC facility remains in place, UNL spokesman Steve Smith said, but no timeline has been set to complete a final plan or begin construction.

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Chris Dunker covers higher education, state government and the intersection of both.

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