Froedtert donates $12M to create Milwaukee health care clinic
$3M toward high-need areas in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington counties

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

June 20, 2015

MILWAUKEE - Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin announced Wednesday it will donate $12 million for the creation of a 22,000-square-foot health care clinic on Milwaukee’s near south side in partnership with the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers to reach one of the county’s most medically underserved communities.

Eighty percent of the $15 million investment from the health network will go toward the clinic, according to the announcement. The remaining $3 million will be distributed to high-need areas in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties based on medically underserved populations in those counties.

“As an academic medical center and regional health network, our mission is to advance the health of the communities we serve,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health, in a statement. “This is an investment in our community for the long term, intended to achieve a sustained impact that will truly make a difference in people’s lives. We will partner with the Sixteenth Street team every step of the way.”

The clinic site has yet to be identified, but a community health needs assessment indicated that Milwaukee’s 43rd Street corridor just south of Miller Park is an area of significant need, according to the announcement. Plans call for identifying and purchasing a site by the end of the year with  completion in 2017 and the clinic’s opening that same year. When in full operation, the clinic would serve about 12,000 patients each year who are currently without needed care.

“We are overwhelmed by this gift and what it means to our ability to help people who depend on us,” said Dr. Julie Schuller, executive vice president of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, in a statement.

“As a federally qualified health center, we have years of experience bringing care to those who need it. The new clinic will greatly expand our current capacity and give people a place to get medical care, behavioral health and supportive social services in their neighborhood.

“Plus, working with Froedtert & MCW, we can expand our offerings and care coordination in new ways and deepen our strong commitment to quality and service.”

In addition to primary care provided by Sixteenth Street physicians, the new clinic will provide specialty care, cancer prevention and education, and access to cancer clinical trials through MCW physicians and the Froedtert & MCW academic medical center. It will also be a medical education site for MCW.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers currently operates three clinics in Milwaukee County and one in Waukesha County.