Community Celebration Includes Tailgate Party and Public Tours of Hospital Expansion - Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee Opens New Patient Bed Tower

Monday, September 24, 2007

Community Celebration Includes Public Tours of Hospital Expansion and Tailgate Party

Mequon, Wis., September 12, 2007 – To celebrate its new state-of-the-art patient bed tower and new medical office building in Mequon, Columbia St. Mary’s is throwing a Tailgate Party on Sunday, September 30. The public is invited from Noon to 3 p.m. to tour the new addition and watch the Packers-Vikings game on four large plasma screen televisions stationed within a tent on the grounds. The tailgate celebration will also feature a live remote from Radio Disney, a special appearance by two Milwaukee Bucks’ players (Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Vilanueva) and Air Bango, Flight for Life, the new Mequon fire truck, prize drawings, a mini-health fair and a jazz ensemble. The health fair includes free blood pressure and bone density screenings, chair massages, dieticians measuring body mass index, Hurias Center representatives, stroke, diabetes, breast health and burn education, Spine Center representatives, and pet therapy. Refreshments will include hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, snacks, water and soda. 

Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee is located at 13111 North Port Washington Road, Mequon. 

Hospital officials broke ground on the $72 million expansion project in September 2005. The new bed tower increases the number of available beds at the hospital from 92 to 159. Within the new addition, there are 64 ‘shelled’ patient rooms; rooms that are not available immediately but can be quickly be completed to serve the future needs of Ozaukee County residents.

The new patient rooms are private and larger than the typical patient room. The rooms each look onto the natural wetlands surrounding the hospital to ensure a tranquil healing environment for patients. The rooms on the first floor are acuity-adaptable whereby the technology can be changed to enable the patient to remain in the same room from post-operative care to discharge. 

Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee opened its new replacement hospital in Mequon in 1994 as a state-of-the art hospital designed to meet the needs of the community. It is now a full-service hospital providing complete cardiovascular services, neurological surgery, radiation oncology, orthopaedics, minimally-invasive surgery, rehabilitation, and emergency services, among others. 

“The new bed tower ensures that we’ll be able to care for the complete needs of the residents of this county and surrounding community for years to come,” said Gerri Staffileno, Vice President of Hospital Operations/Nurse Executive. “Patients and their families will continue to receive the highest-quality of care from the physicians and staff they have come to know and trust for their medical care without having to leave the county.”

“This expansion is consistent with our commitment to be responsible stewards of community resources,” said Leo Brideau, President & CEO. “We will only build based on community need.”

The Ozaukee Hospital expansion project includes 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. 

Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital Key Facts

$72 million:

Cost of building expansion project
Square feet of new construction
Square feet of renovation
Number of new beds
Total number of beds at Ozaukee Hospital when expansion opens Oct. 2007. 
Number of ‘shelled’ beds (patient rooms) for future use
Total number of beds that there will be in the future when needed (159 + 64)
Estimated number of subcontractors on expansion project





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.

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 30 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, Washington and Sheyboygan counties, with more than 159 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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