Children’s Wisconsin plans to expand its services in Appleton with a new clinic location.
The Wauwatosa-based health system announced it will build a 50,000-square-foot center off of I-41 on East Evergreen Drive, just east of North Ballard Road. Construction will begin this fall, with an opening expected in 2023.
When it opens, the new location will consolidate clinics currently offered at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah and the Children’s Wisconsin Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center.
“Children’s Wisconsin provides health care to all kids who need the specialized services in a way only Children’s can. This new location will allow us to expand existing services and add new specialties,” said Gail Ostrander, vice president of northeast regional services for Children’s Wisconsin. “Expanding services at locations that are closer to where families live supports our efforts to provide more personalized and integrated care.”
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Currently, Children’s supports 50,000 visits for children living in the northeast region. Because of existing clinical space, only about 20,000 of them happen at clinics in that region; the remaining 30,000 involve families traveling to the Milwaukee region, the health system said.
The new building will support up to 70,000 visits annually. New services at the clinic will include pediatric imaging and laboratory.
Children’s is working with Hammes, Miron Construction Co., Inc. and Kahler Slater on the new clinic.
Other existing Children’s clinics in the northeast region include the Appleton Clinic at 1506 S. Oneida Street and West De Pere Clinic at 1686 Eisenhower Road. Children’s said it will consider consolidation of services at those sites in the future.
Children’s Wisconsin also operates a hospital within ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah that includes a 22-bed, Level 3 NICU and a 20-bed pediatric inpatient unit.
The health system said “plans to enhance existing Children’s facilities are being explored,” and will be influenced by fundraising efforts.