Site Selected for New Columbia St.Mary's East Side Hospital

Friday, June 14, 2002

Milwaukee, Wis, May 21, 2002 . . . Following up on the announcement that Columbia St. Mary’s made last fall, the Columbia St. Mary’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the planning of a new hospital on the current site of St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee. The new, state of the art hospital will replace Columbia Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee.

Now that the location has been determined, hospital officials will move forward with detailed program planning, refinement of the financial feasibility study and seeking necessary approvals. Once approved, the time period to further plan and build the new hospital would be four to five years.

“The new Columbia St. Mary’s hospital will provide us with an opportunity to design a modern facility centered on the needs of our patients. It will continue our 150 year history of service to the Milwaukee community,” said Leo P. Brideau, President & CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s. “This investment underscores our commitment to provide the highest quality of health care while also helping to control health care costs and improving operating efficiencies.”

The proposal to recommend the Columbia St. Mary’s-Lake Drive campus was based on analysis of several options, surveys of current and potential patients, and careful analysis of relevant data. The analysis, in particular, confirmed that the Lake Drive campus is:

  • in the heart of the communities and patients currently served by Columbia St. Mary’s
  • close to current population density and future areas of population growth
  • in an attractive neighborhood and setting on the lake

Further study is underway regarding the health care services that would be located at the Columbia Hospital site once the new hospital is opened. Significant investments will continue in the two East Side hospitals to ensure state-of-the-art care continues for patients and their families.



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