During a Wednesday morning ground breaking ceremony, Girls Incorporated officials announced that they are partnering with UNMC to build a $15 million health and wellness center near 45th and Maple.

Dr. Bradley Britigan is the Dean of the UNMC College of Medicine and says the clinic will serve Girls Inc. members as well as residents of north Omaha.  Services will include health screenings and testing, outpatient procedures and school and sports physicals.

The health clinic is part of the 55-thousand square foot expansion of the Girls Inc. facility. It will include a new gymnasium and locker rooms, teen, media and fitness centers and an instructional kitchen. 

The facility will be named in honor of Katherine Fletcher, an elementary teacher and community leader who died last month.  Construction is expected to be finished in early 2016.

Girls Inc. serves girls ages 6-18 years of age at their facilities in north and south Omaha.