Columbia St. Marys Ozaukee Hospital to Break Ground for Major Expansion September 15

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

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Mequon, Wis., September 14, 2005—To better serve the residents of Ozaukee County and surrounding communities, Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital will break ground on Thursday, September 15, for a major expansion project that will add 67 inpatient beds and expand diagnostic and treatment services.

Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital, which opened in April 1994, is the only hospital serving in Ozaukee County. The hospital provides health care services to more than 100,000 people in Ozaukee County and surrounding communities. Growth has occurred in all areas; compared to fiscal year 1996, (July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1996), the Ozaukee Hospital had 19.5% more births, 35.8% more inpatient days, 56.4% more inpatient discharges, 55.6% more emergency department visits, 35.8% more outpatient visits, and 123.3% more surgeries in fiscal year 2005 (July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005).

“In response to the needs of our community, we are continually expanding the services we offer at the Ozaukee Hospital,” said Gerri Staffileno, VP Hospital Operations/Nurse Executive at the Ozaukee Hospital. “Our bed tower addition will ensure there are enough beds available and eliminate the need for our patients to be transferred to one of Columbia St. Mary’s eastside hospitals for care.”

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the north parking lot. Invited guest include Columbia St. Mary’s employees, medical staff members, board members, volunteers, and the Daughters of Charity, as well as local political, civic, and business leaders.

Speakers will include Leo P. Brideau, President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s; Linda Mellowes, Chairperson, Columbia St. Mary’s Board of Directors; Christine Nuernberg, Mayor of Mequon; Dr. Douglas McManus, president of the Ozaukee Hospital medical staff; Sandy Heitz, donor; and Ralph Huiras, a board member of St. Mary’s Foundation-Ozaukee and a donor. The Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba, Vicar General/Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, will preside over the blessing of the project.

Columbia St. Mary’s announced the expansion plans in October 2004, following years of study and planning. On July 12, 2005, the City of Mequon Common Council officially approved the project. Construction for the $85 million expansion is expected to be completed in late 2007. The expansion will help Columbia St. Mary’s to meet the increase in the numbers of patients being served in Ozaukee County and the increased need for additional health care services.

Highlights of the expansion project include:

  • A new inpatient bed tower of about 186,000 square feet that will add 67 beds to the campus, bringing the total to 185 beds.
  • A central utility plant addition of 9,500 square feet.
  • A services building addition of about 17,000 square feet.
  • A 32,000 square-foot-expansion to the existing Medical Office Building.
  • About 60,000 square feet of renovation to existing diagnostic and treatment facilities.

As a result of a gift from Ralph J. Huiras, Columbia St. Mary's Behavioral Medicine program is developing the Huiras Adolescent Addictions Program for Ozaukee County. A site has not yet been selected for the program. Huiras, an attorney in Port Washington, is a longtime supporter of Columbia St. Mary's and an advocate for individuals suffering from addictive disease.

The goal of the program is to serve the needs of adolescents in Ozaukee County. "The program should be ready in January 2006,” said Dr. William Henricks, Director of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia St. Mary's. "We're working on many program details, and look forward to meeting with service providers, schools, and government agencies in order to develop effective partnerships and referral relationships.”

The program will provide assessment and treatment for high school youth who have problems with substance use or dependence. It is expected that many of these adolescents also may suffer from depression, anxiety, behavior problems, or attention deficit disorder. As a result, the program will use a multi-disciplinary approach and will include a psychiatrist, addictionologist, social workers, family therapist, and likely a child psychologist. Available treatment will include medication, psychotherapy, group therapy, and family therapy. The program will likely offer treatment after school hours, Monday through Friday, for six to eight weeks (from 3 to 15 hours per week).

The Ozaukee Hospital expansion project will include principles of evidence-based design, a concept that demonstrates how architectural and design elements improve patient outcomes, recruit and retain staff, increase patient satisfaction, and enhance operational efficiency and productivity.

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK) is the project architect, M.A. Mortenson is the construction manager, and Smocke and Associates is the owner’s representative.

“This expansion project is another step in the evolution of Columbia St. Mary’s as we deliver on our commitment to provide the highest standard of health care in a quality, efficient, and patient-centered manner,” said Leo P. Brideau, President and CEO. “Patient volumes in Mequon continue to exceed expectations, as the facility has become the hospital of choice for the community. The residents of Ozaukee County have told us that they want us to be a full-service hospital. We will continue to respond to community needs in a responsible, cost-effective manner.”

Recent Expansion Projects to Serve the Needs of the Community

In response to community needs, the following services recently were added or expanded:

  • Heitz Radiation Oncology Center opened in April 2004. Radiation therapy typically involves five days per week for several weeks, and patients prefer to be close to home for treatment. The center was added to the Ozaukee hospital based on the number of cancer diagnoses in the area.
  • ICU Expansion—in early 2005, three beds were added to the intensive care unit and improvements were made to the ICU family waiting area.
  • A new nine-bed Medical/Surgical Garden Level unit opened on February 28, 2005, to provide care for cancer patients, freeing up space for care of cardiovascular patients on the third floor (see below).
  • In preparation for providing complete cardiovascular services in Ozaukee Country starting in October 2005, two surgical rooms—one for cardiovascular surgery and a backup surgical suite—were added. A second catheterization lab also has been completed. The full-service cardiovascular program will include complete diagnostic and treatment services, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations, cardiovascular (open heart) surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation. This will enable area residents to remain close to home for cardiovascular services.

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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