Columbia St. Mary’s opens new hospital to the public

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The new Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital on the East Side of Milwaukee will open on Oct. 12. The new hospital is the final component of the four-year building project on the 22-acre campus.
The nine-story hospital at North and Prospect avenues includes 312  new patient beds for a total of 411 on hospital campus and three specialty Institutes including a Women’s Hospital, the former Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, the Cancer Center and medical office buildings.
The principal architect for the  $417 million hospital project is Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). CG Schmidt-Barton Malow was the general contractor. 
“Our patients were the key focus of the planning process,” said Leo Brideau, president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s.  “We have created a hospital that is different from anything else in the region and fulfills our promise to provide health care that works, health care that is safe, and health care that leaves no one behind. It will make significant contributions to the way healthcare is delivered both locally and nationally.” 
 “We’ve built a hospital that doesn’t have marble floors or waterfalls,” said Brideau.  “What it has are investments that are just as expensive as marble floors and waterfalls but they’re investments in things that make a difference in healing such as a state-of-the-art HVAC system, ensuring a constant flow of clean, fresh air.”
The hospital’s three specialty institutes that are accessed in the concourse off of the main lobby.  The Institutes are: McKeithan Testing & Treatment Institute, Heart & Vascular Institute and the Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Institute. In addition to the Institutes, Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center is located on the fifth floor, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute on the eighth floor. The Columbia St. Mary’s Women’s Hospital, located in the former “cloverleaf” hospital building, consolidates inpatient and outpatient services for women and infants, with 35 mother and baby rooms, and an 18-bed neo-natal intensive care unit, a nine-bed pediatric unit and the Van Dyke Haebler Center for Women’s Imaging. 
“With it’s own entrance and valet parking, the Women’s Hospital will set a new community standard by delivering exceptional healthcare and customer service in an environment that is certain to exceed women’s expectations,” said Gail Ostrander, Columbia St. Mary’s Executive Director of Women’s Services. 
Just across the street from the Women’s Hospital is Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center. 
Consolidating the two hospitals will reduce the number of hospital beds on Milwaukee’s east side by 44 percent or from 731 currently licensed beds to 411 and it will save the health system $19 million in annual operating costs, said Brideau.
Columbia St. Mary’s will host a private dedication ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. and a community open house will also be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. According to Brideau the hospital’s emergency room services will begin as early as Friday, Oct. 8 and the hospital will be fully operational by Tuesday, Oct. 12.
To view a virtual tour and hear more from Brideau click on the video link below.

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