Aurora Health Care plans $17 million clinic in Oak Creek

Will replace Lakeshore Medical Center facility on Puetz Road

Rendering of new Aurora clinic in Oak Creek.

Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 05:00 pm

Aurora Health Care is planning to build a $17 million, 30,000-square-foot health center at Ryan Road and Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.

Rendering of new Aurora clinic in Oak Creek.
Rendering of planned Aurora clinic in Oak Creek.

The urgent care clinic would be built at 200-228 E. Ryan Road and 9444-9454 S. Howell Ave. The site currently houses an existing three-story building and two smaller adjacent structures. Aurora plans to demolish the two smaller buildings along Howell Avenue and renovate the larger, three-story building to suit the needs of the future clinic, according to documents submitted to the city.

The third floor of this building will be shelled for future use. The plan requires approval from the city.

“Aurora Health Care is always looking for better ways to deliver high-quality, cost-efficient health care,” said Dennis Potts, executive vice president of Aurora’s south region. “If approved, this clinic would provide new and expanded services that would enhance the access patients have to the care they need. As a longtime member of the Oak Creek community, we look forward to working with the city and neighbors to move this project forward on behalf of our patients.”

The clinic would replace the Aurora Lakeshore Medical Clinic at 331 E. Puetz Road in Oak Creek, which has been open since 1995, and will be 20,000 square feet larger than the existing 10,000-square-foot clinic.

The new clinic will offer urgent care, lab, imaging and a pharmacy and employ approximately 38 people, including eight doctors.

“They are completely redoing the corner, so this is a big win for us,” said Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi. “Aurora is a very, very nice get for that corner and for the city. It opens up more options for our residents.”

If approved, Aurora will join Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, which are also adding new facilities in Oak Creek.

Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group recently opened an 11,400-square-foot office at 8020 S. Howell Ave., across from Drexel Town Square offering primary care, specialists, physical therapy and imaging.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is planning to open a 104,000-square-foot medical office building at Drexel Town Square that will offer primary care, specialty care and urgent care services as well as an outpatient surgery center and cancer treatment services.

Scaffidi said Oak Creek has always had medical options – and had Aurora and Wheaton, on a smaller scale, but now that the city is growing, it makes sense that health care providers want to serve the city in a larger capacity.

“They are ramping up their presence,” Scaffidi said. “It’s one of those natural things that happens when a city grows – businesses see there are opportunities.”

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