It is official. The arena and convention center now known as the CenturyLink Center will change to CHI Health Center Omaha. The new naming rights were announced today. CHI CEO Cliff Robertson says this building aligns with their mission to serve and build healthy community opportunities.
Robertson says, “This facility from a community perspective is associated with things like joy, hope, promise and excellence and that is exactly what we want to be associated with. We hope that this building will remind everyone who passes through that good health is about balance. It is about activity. It is about community. We also hope this building will remind people about that special caregiver that has impacted their life or someone in their family.”
The name change will take effect on September 1st. The agreement is for $23.5 million over the course of a 20 year term.
Officials promise that concerts, large scale conventions and nationally renowned events will continue at the facility. CHI Health will also use the center to give back to its employees, patients, neighbors and academic partner – Creighton University. Some of the events being considered include sidewalk marathon walking challenges, health and dental screenings for at-risk populations, dementia education and resources for caregivers and a wide array of health education for the public.
Funding for the new CHI Health Center Omaha will come from the marketing budget and does not pull dollars from other areas of health care operations.
MECA and CHI Health are eager to partner and to continue to serve the community together.