Elmbrook Memorial Hospital plans renovations to Brookfield site
Executives: Efforts would be made to address landscaping

By Dave Fidlin - Special to The Freeman

Dec. 8, 2015

BROOKFIELD - Citing a growth in patients and a desire to create a more efficient operations plan, executives within Elmbrook Memorial Hospital are seeking permission from city officials for a series of small renovation projects.

Representatives from Elmbrook’s parent company, Wheaton Franciscan, came before the Brookfield Plan Commission on Monday with details of the planned tweaks. The panel backed the changes, but the Common Council has the final say and will render a decision at its next meeting Dec. 15.

Wheaton Franciscan’s list of proposed changes at Elmbrook includes relocating or expanding the facility’s day surgery, lab, radiology, outpatient, gastrointestinal services, pain and oncology departments. Also planned are reconfigurations to office space.

While some of the changes are aesthetic, Ron Boecker, vice president of construction and facilities with Wheaton Franciscan, said the modifications also are aimed at maximizing Elmbrook’s operational efficiency.

In a memo to the city, Boecker said the changes are designed to “improve the flow and patient experience of Elmbrook Memorial’s ambulatory services by addressing long-standing facility constraint issues that have negatively impacted patient perception regarding access and continuity of services.”

As a prelude to making a definitive decision, the city initiated a neighborhood information meeting with nearby residential property owners in mid-November. Two residents attended that meeting, and concerns focused largely on tree removal and replacement on the hospital grounds.

“We will continue to remove dead, fallen or irreversibly damaged trees on a case-by-case basis, either proactively or in response to a request, and replace them where required,” Boecker said. “To lend evidence of our commitment on that front, in August, we surveyed and marked our property boundaries.” 

Assuming city officials give Wheaton Franciscan the green light, renovations within Elmbrook could take place next year. The last renovation project in the facility occurred 15 years ago. That comprised a series of interior and exterior renovations.

In other business, the commission:

-Approved a request to hold three public hearings regarding the planned expansion of Milwaukee Tool Corporation’s expansion plans at 12905-13135 W. Lisbon Road.

Milwaukee Tool, established in 1924, laid roots in Brookfield in 1965 at the current site. After a period of stagnation, company officials said new management has infused a series of innovations that have led to expansion efforts.

In 2009, Milwaukee Tool brought in $50 million in income. This year, the company expects to record $2 billion in income.

To help facilitate some of Milwaukee Tool’s expansion plans, a proposal is on the table to use dollars from a tax-incremental financing district within the area’s boundaries to fund expansion plans.

-Gave tentative approval to the owners of Brook-Falls Discount Wine and Spirits, 14835 W. Lisbon Road. The retailer has announced plans of adding 3,011 square feet onto the existing facility. The Common Council will make a final decision on the proposal next week.