Number One Rated Health Care Facility in Wisconsin Debuts New Facility to Handle Growth, Demand in Orthopaedic Services

Monday, November 16, 2009

Glendale, Wis.— November 16, 2009 — Orthopaedic patients in the Milwaukee area now have a bigger, better specialty hospital where they can get their knees, hips, spines as well as other bones and joints repaired.

The new, 94,000 square foot, Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin (OHOW) opens its doors to patients in the Milwaukee area on Monday, November 16th.  The new hospital is located adjacent to the old facility at 675 West River Woods Parkway, in Glendale. 

OHOW broke ground on the new, $30 million facility during the summer of 2008.  The architect and bulder is Cogdell Spenser ERDMAN, a design-build firm located in Madison, Wis.

According to OHOW officials, the new hospital will accommodate the hospital’s increasing patient volumes and need to expand inpatient care, which are both nearing capacity. 

“When the existing four-story facility opened in 1992 as the Musculoskeletal Institute, it was not designed as an inpatient orthopaedic hospital,” said Dr. Rory Wright, medical staff president of the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. “We have certainly accommodated the current patient volumes but have been operating at capacity for some time.  The new facility will allow us to continue to provide the best orthopaedic care for more patients, expand our services to meet the growing demand, and further adapt to changing technology.”

Recently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services rated OHOW as the top Wisconsin health care facility based on patient satisfaction with a score of 94 percent. 

From 1992 to 2001, the Musculoskeletal Institute was owned and operated by Columbia Health System.  OHOW opened in 2001 as a partnership between a group of local physicians and Columbia St. Mary’s Health System.  In 2001, orthopaedic surgeons performed 2,025 surgical procedures at OHOW, and in 2008 5,390 surgical procedures were performed. 

The new orthopaedic hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient surgery including total joint and spine procedures, rehabilitation, diagnostic, and pain management services.  The new facility has 30 inpatient beds and 10 operating rooms replacing seven inpatient beds and six operating rooms. 

“To date, our primary focus has been to provide the best in outpatient orthopaedic care,” said Dr. Wright.  “The data shows that more and more patients are experiencing our exceptional quality of care, and they want to come here for advanced surgical procedures.  With our new facility we will be able to expand that exceptional care to total joint and spine patients regionally.  The goal is to meet our patients’ needs.” According to Dr. Wright, OHOW will not expand beyond orthopaedic care.

“We have developed a model of care that provides the best cost, quality and outcomes for this community,” Dr. Wright said.

The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin continues its strong partnership with Columbia St. Mary’s Health System.  Both OHOW and Columbia St. Mary’s are the recognized leaders in orthopaedic care in southeastern Wisconsin.

For More Information Contact:
Brian Cramer
Chief Executive Officer

Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin
Phone:  (414) 961-6803

Rory Wright, M.D.
Medical Staff President
Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin
Phone:  (414) 332-6262


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