— The fate of a proposed “neighborhood hospital” is
uncertain following a Wednesday Plan Commission meeting where
there appeared to be more questions than answers about the
development proposal on the northeast corner of the Hwy.
Engineer Mike Court of Short Elliott Hendrickson said the
developers will have to present more detailed site and
construction plans before the Plan Commission can hold public
hearings and deliberate some of the zoning and land use issues
posed by the development proposal.
told the commission that a hospital was not a permitted use in the
zoning district where the site is located.
also said the general development agreement that regulates
development and land use on the property provides for a maximum
12,000 square-foot building.
said other land use and zoning restrictions make the building “a
very tight fit” on the parcel of land, located west of the
Holiday Inn Express.
typical neighborhood hospital is a single-story, 18,000
square-foot building staffed with physicians, nurses and other
medical staff and is equipped with an in-house laboratory, CT,
x-ray and ultrasound equipment as well as a pharmacy, according to
Denise Valenta, division manager of health care for Embree Asset
Asset Group Inc. is part of the Embree Group of Companies of
Georgetown, Texas, which provides nationwide real estate
development, design/build, general construction and program
management services for a wide range of industries including
health care, according to its website.
told the commission the purpose of a neighborhood hospital is to
provide emergency medical and inpatient nursing services to
consumers in nearby neighborhoods.
said the hospitals are
typically located in retail areas where potential consumers shop
has an emergency room and an 8-bed hospital,” she explained.
emergency department treats minor injuries that do not require the
more advanced care of a specialist, she added.
said the neighborhood hospital “is much, much more” than an
urgent care facility because it has its own laboratory facilities,
can provide more advanced care and, if necessary, arrange for
patients to be transferred to hospitals.
said the Delafield neighborhood hospital would be the first in
asked questions — some of them unanswered — about the
operational and marketing history of neighborhood hospitals.
Commissioner Tim Aicher asked about information regarding
neighborhood hospitals in other parts of the country, she did not
name any specific locations.
many of these neighborhood hospitals are in operation?” asked
Commissioner Jim Reiher.
know of several that are under construction,” Valenta replied.
a lawyer, responded, “I asked about hospital operations, not
did not provide information regarding hospital operations.
the meeting, The Freeman asked Valenta why Delafield was selected
as the inaugural site in Wisconsin for a neighborhood hospital.
said she could not respond because the information was
confidential but there were other sites in Wisconsin being
the reporter asked if she could identify other metropolitan areas
in the country where neighborhood hospitals were located, she said
she could not.
said she was representing a client whom she would not identify.