People walk along the Eisenbahn State Trail next to the
construction for the Affiliated Clinical Services building
Thursday afternoon in West Bend. The Museum of Wisconsin Art
is in the background.
Photo by John Ehlke
Construction has begun on the $1.4 million Affiliated Clinical
Services office building, which will be a state-of-the-art
facility to expand the clinic’s services to the county.
The building is being built on the southwest corner of East
Washington Street, east of the Eisenbahn State Trail and north
of the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow of American Design and Build
Inc., the construction manager for the project, said it is doing
environmental remediation. He said there is coal on the site
from coal storage when trains traveled the tracks before the
He said construction on the building will start in about two
weeks and will be completed in the spring.
Affiliated Clinical Services leases space at 400 W. River Drive
and has a clinic in Hartford.
The lot was purchased for $165,000 and has been vacant since
2003. The Daily News reported at one time it was purchased for
an insurance company office building that was not built, then
sold to a regional financial institution for a bank, but it
never came to fruition.
ACS Staff - From left to right, Rajesh Kumar, Jim Giese,
Mical Schaffer and Jessica Geschke.
The site, 111 E.
Washington St., is part of the city’s Tax Incremental
Financing District 5 and Affiliated Clinical Services
co-owner Dr. Jim Giese said the estimated annual
property tax to the city will be about $31,000.
“It shows great economic development in West Bend,”
Sadownikow said. “The services help just about everyone
in the community. It’s great to have a world-class
During a special Common Council meeting Tuesday, a
decision will be made to provide a low-interest
revolving loan to help Affiliated Clinical Services
build the office building.
The office building will feature a burgundy-colored
masonry veneer with beige-colored stone veneer as an
accent and a 60-stall parking lot.
The property is adjacent to MOWA’s proposed sculpture
garden. In a letter to City Planner Mark Piotrowicz,
MOWA Executive Director Laurie Winters outlined some
suggestions for the property, which included adding a
minimum of five trees at least 12 feet tall along the
west side of the clinic’s parking lot to not only shield
it from the sculpture garden but the Eisenbahn State
Drawings created by Jim Giese, co-owner of Affiliated
Clinical Services, of what the new Affiliated Clinical
Services building will look like south from Highway 33.
Giese said he met
with the MOWA Board of Directors and made it clear
Affiliated Clinical Services will be friendly neighbors.
During a Plan Commission meeting Jim
Reinke, the city’s business and development planner,
said the request couldn’t be incorporated because of
existing easements and utilities that would cause
Giese said it’s going to be tough,
but they will look at all possibilities.
Affiliated Clinical Services
Business Manager Debra Pietsch said work started in
April. One of the reasons Affiliated Clinical Services
wanted a new facility is it was running out of space,
“It’s a good location being on
Highway 33,” Pietsch said. “It’s a great location. It
has been for sale. We thought we could see what we could
Giese said the primary motivation
behind the facility is to better address the heroin
epidemic in Washington County with a more comprehensive
and integrated treatment approach.
Giese wanted Affiliated Clinical
Services to be in the center of West Bend because he’s
interested in shrinking the treatment gap.
He said about 50 percent of the
families that need help are not receiving mental health
services, which is about 6,000 people a year.
The gap is due to lack of insurance
coverage, rising cost of health care and the negative
stigma of receiving mental health services, he said.
“I wanted it to be as commonplace as
going to the dentist,” Giese said. “We’re ecstatic about
Giese said it’s going to be a larger
facility and Affiliated Clinical Services will be able
to see a greater number of clients.
“With our projected growth model and
additional treatment staff, we anticipate helping a
minimum of an additional 200 families a year for the
next five years,” Giese said.
Affiliated Clinical Services has
been providing outpatient mental health and substance
abuse services to Washington County for 30 years. It is
owned by Giese and Dr. Rajesh Kumar. It accepts eight to
10 referrals a day and provides services to nearly 100
clients a day.
The organization has 12 support
staff members, four doctors, one advanced practice nurse
practitioner, two registered nurses and 27 therapists.
Pietsch said they will be hiring
more employees to provide services in the new building
and Giese said Affiliated Clinical Services will add 11
employees in the next five years.
Giese said the 7,500square-foot,
25-office clinic will be a state-of-the-art facility and
there will be specific programming for children, women,
anxiety, depression and substance abuse treatment.
He said it will be a new clean
environment that will make people feel good.
“The foyer will be two stories
tall,” Giese said.
“We will have a dedicated art
therapy room,” he added.
He also said there will be
electronic medical records and Affiliated Clinical
Services can use a team approach to treat patients. He
said there will also be a dedicated nursing station,
which he said is unusual for a clinic like theirs.
The office building should be
completed in the spring and Giese said they are
expecting to have an open house mid-May.
forward to being able to move in a better location and
provide services greatly needed in this county,” Pietsch