Columbia St. Marys Opens River Woods Outpatient Center and Urgent Care Services in Glendale

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Center Offers Customer Service and Convenient Hours

Milwaukee, Wis., December 5, 2005 — Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to announce the opening of the River Woods Outpatient Center on December 5th. The new center is located at 375 W. River Woods Parkway in Glendale.

Outstanding service, convenient hours, and the latest technology are among the benefits patients will experience at River Woods. Designed around the needs of patients, the center offers outpatient services for gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, medical imaging, ambulatory surgery, and urgent care.

Services will open in a phased approach, according to Brian Cramer, Executive Director of River Woods. Medical imaging will open in December, followed by the GI suites, surgical suites, and urgent care services opening in mid-January.

To accommodate the schedule of busy professionals, the center will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, allowing people to receive services such as imaging and lab tests before or after work. In addition, Urgent Care services are tentatively scheduled from from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. (The hours for urgent care services may change and be expanded). The center is conveniently located off of I-43.

River Woods services include:

  • Six suites for day surgery (ophthalmology, urology, otolaryngology, plastic, and general surgery cases).
  • Four rooms for GI endoscopy services.
  • 23 peri-operative and peri-procedural patient rooms to support these services.
  • Imaging Center offering CT, open MRI, ultrasound, general radiology services, and women’s imaging utilizing full-field digital mammography.
  • Urgent Care services The state-of-the-art Imaging Center at River Woods includes general radiology services, CT, ultrasound, and women’s imaging utilizing full-field digital mammography. In addition, patients who need an MRI scan will benefit from the center’s new open MRI—one of only six Panorama 1.0T MRIs to be installed in the United States. With its 360° viewing angle and wide aperture, patients can see their complete surroundings during the MRI test, eliminating the claustrophobic effects of traditional (closed) MRIs. Same-day imaging requests will be fulfilled whenever possible.

    The Imaging Center also features a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) that allows images such as X-rays and scans to be stored electronically and viewed on video screens. This enables doctors and other health professionals to access the information and compare it with previous images at the touch of a button. PACS technology allows for a near filmless process, with all the flexibility of digital systems. It also removes all the costs associated with hard film and releases valuable space currently used for storage. PACS will support clinicians in performing their roles and will contribute to more efficient and advanced service.

    Columbia St. Mary’s acquired the River Woods property in December 2004. The 68,000 sq. ft. building, formerly the Heart Hospital of Milwaukee, has an adjacent medical office building and ample surface parking. The building is conveniently located between Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia and Milwaukee campuses on Milwaukee’s east side and the Ozaukee Campus in Mequon. Over the last year, interior work was done to convert the facility into the outpatient center.

    “River Woods offers many outpatient services that eliminate the need to come to one of our hospitals,” Cramer said. “Plus, costs for GI, surgery, and some imaging services will be about 20 percent lower than for the same services in a hospital setting.”

    About 65 CSM employees will staff the center, Cramer said. In some cases, departments have relocated from Columbia St. Mary’s east-side campuses. For example, about 80 percent of the outpatient GI procedures will relocate from the two CSM eastside campuses to River Woods. Physicians, nurses, and other employees from Columbia St. Mary’s Community Clinics will staff urgent care services at the center. About Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.


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