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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to upgrade and expand surgery space and emergency department on Milwaukee campus

Four-year project represents a $265 million investment in care for kids

MILWAUKEE – Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will invest approximately $265 million to upgrade and replace facilities at its Milwaukee hospital campus over the next four years. The project includes two main components: a new six-story, 237,000-square-foot addition for specialty clinics and surgical services between the north side of the hospital and the Children’s Clinics Building on Connell Drive; and the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department and pediatric Level I trauma center.

The project will improve the clinical care and experience for all children and families who visit Children’s Milwaukee campus. The newly designed and constructed space will enhance clinical collaboration and efficiencies, improve the child and family experience, and support the use of the most advanced technology available for pediatric care.

The project is part of a long-term plan to vacate and replace existing areas with more family-friendly and clinically efficient space. Children’s has planned and budgeted for these capital improvements. Philanthropic support will influence programs, services and amenities available in the new space.

“Since Children’s moved to our current location in 1988, the hospital has become one of the leading pediatric centers in the country, allowing families in Wisconsin to get the care they need right in Wisconsin,” said Thomas Sato, MD, pediatric surgeon and CEO of Children’s Specialty Group. “Just like our investments in the Milwaukee Midtown Clinic and primary and specialty care clinics in Mequon and Kenosha, this project is designed to support our vision that Wisconsin kids be the healthiest in the nation.”

The most visible part of the project will be the addition to the north side of the hospital. The new space will address needs in surgical services and select specialty clinics.

Children’s operating rooms are currently on two different floors within the hospital. The new project will allow all surgical services to be on one floor. According to Dr. Sato, this will dramatically increase operating efficiency and improve the experience for patients and families. Also, the average operating room size will increase to accommodate new surgical technology.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of only 11 American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Children’s Surgery Centers in the country, and it is the highest-rated pediatric surgical center in Wisconsin. Each year, Children’s surgeons perform more than 19,000 procedures on newborns, children and adolescents with complex surgical needs.

Beyond the expanded surgical services department, the addition to the north side of the hospital also will include some specialty clinics that are currently housed in Children’s nearby Clinics Building. It is not yet determined which clinics will move to the new space.

Children’s Emergency Department will be fully renovated and enlarged by approximately 11,000 square feet. This renovated space will create additional treatment rooms allowing Children’s to better accommodate recent growth in emergency department visits. Over the last decade, Children’s has seen a 14 percent increase in emergency patients. A significant component of the project will be a relocated Emergency Department entrance and waiting area.

“For thousands of families each year, the Emergency Department is their first experience with Children’s,” Dr. Sato said. “As a Level 1 trauma center, this project will allow us to better care for severely sick and injured children and their families.”

Construction on the addition is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early 2019. The addition is expected to be operational in 2021. Renovation of the Emergency Department is expected to begin in 2019, with targeted completion in 2022. Surgical services and the Emergency Department will remain fully operational throughout the renovation process.

Children’s is working with Cannon Design for architectural support and has chosen The Boldt Company as the general contractor and construction manager for these campus improvement projects.
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