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
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:
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
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.
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.