Columbia St. Mary's Unveils Plans to Expand Ozaukee Hospital

Monday, October 25, 2004

Mequon Wis., October 18, 2004—Columbia St. Mary’s today announced detailed plans to expand its Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon to meet the increase in the numbers of patients being served and need for additional health care services. The proposed $100-million project will transform the 106-bed community hospital into a full-service, acute-care facility with 183 beds. The project will add a new inpatient wing, a three-level Ambulatory Care Center and offer a complete range of heart care services, including open-heart surgery, starting in 2005. Columbia St. Mary’s plans to break ground for the 330,000 square-foot project in the summer of 2005; it will be completed in 2007.

These plans are pending final approval by Ascension Health, a sponsor of Columbia St. Mary’s. Ascension Health’s Board of Trustees will review the project in December.

"The residents of Ozaukee County have told us loud and clear that they want us to be a full-service hospital,” said Leo P. Brideau, President & CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s. “As the only hospital in Ozaukee County, Columbia St. Mary’s has a long tradition of meeting the health care needs of the community, and we will continue to respond to those needs in a responsible, cost-effective manner. Patient volumes at the Ozaukee Hospital continue to exceed expectations, as the facility has become the hospital of choice for the community and surrounding areas. It’s clear that we need to continue to expand our facility to meet the needs of the area’s growing population.”

Periodically, the Ozaukee Hospital experiences a shortage of beds that necessitates patients receiving care at one of Columbia St. Mary’s two hospitals on Milwaukee’s east side.

“Patients who have been transferred tell us that, in the future, they want to be able to remain at the Ozaukee Hospital for all of their health care needs. We’re listening to them and responding accordingly,” said Brideau.

Expansion highlights include:

  • A new 159,000-square-foot inpatient wing will bring the total number of beds on the campus from 106 to 183 beds.
  • A three-level 162,500-square-foot Ambulatory Care Center will include a pharmacy and expanded services in imaging, comprehensive women’s services, rehabilitation, surgery, and a medical office wing allowing for expanded physician practices and convenient outpatient services.
  • Cardiovascular Services will offer a complete range of heart care, including open-heart surgery in 2005.
  • Cancer Services will continue to grow as we can treat more patients in our larger hospital setting.
  • Current expansion efforts, which will be completed by early 2005, include a new nine-bed medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit expansion adding three beds, and the addition of two surgical suites for cardiovascular and general surgery.
  • The expanded hospital will include principles of evidenced-based design medicine, a revolutionary concept which demonstrates how architectural and design elements improve patient outcomes, recruit and retain staff, increase patient satisfaction, and enhance operational efficiency and productivity.

Part of Columbia St. Mary’s Long-Term Vision
“The expansion of Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital is another step in the evolution of Columbia St. Mary's as we deliver our commitment to provide the highest standard of health care in a quality, efficient and patient-centered manner,” said Brideau.

In January 2005, Columbia St. Mary’s plans to share details of its building project that will consolidate its two east-side hospitals into one new hospital on Lake Drive. “Both projects in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties have been carefully scaled and designed to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of their respective communities,” Brideau said.

About Columbia St. Mary’s
The Columbia St. Mary’s system is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Campus, Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 26 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, and a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 155 years of service. 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. Ascension Health is the largest Catholic and non-profit health care system in the nation.


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