The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Drexel Town
Square Health Center in Oak Creek as seen Jan. 12,
looking south from Drexel Avenue at Sixth Street.
Julia LeGath/Post Staff
OAK CREEK —
Froedtert Medical Center, on the Milwaukee and Wauwatosa
border, is making major inroads into the southern
The new Froedtert &
the Medical College of Wisconsin Drexel Town Square
Health Center gave a sneak preview over the weekend with
the official opening late this week at West Drexel
Avenue and South Sixth Street. The health center adds to
the mixed-use Drexel development, which offers retail
shopping, restaurants and groceries, apartments, and
city government services.
“It’s not a great
win for just Oak Creek, but for the South Shore as
well,” Mayor Dan Bukiewicz told the Post of Froedert’s
investment. “It’s their furthest south facility in
“It’s probably been
one of Wisconsin’s most successful and finest examples
of a brownfield development based on what the area is
worth,” Bukiewicz said of the ongoing Drexel Town Square
construction. “It’s now worth about $180 million and
when it was a factory it was $30 million.”
leases the building from HSA PrimeCare, the developer.
The architect was Eppstein Uhen Architects and CG
Schmidt was the general contractor.
“We are proud to be
part of Oak Creek’s exciting new downtown,” Cathy
Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health, said in
a news release.
man receives a tour inside the Drexel Town Square Health
Julia LeGath/Post Staff
Fourth new Froedtert clinic in
109,000-square-foot health center offers a variety of
services, from primary care and urgent care to an
outpatient surgery center and a cancer center.
physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants
will practice at the center, including specialists
representing a dozen different care areas. In addition,
occupational medicine and support services including
laboratory, imaging and pharmacy will be available.
Drexel Town Square
Health Center is the fourth new health center opened by
the Froedtert & MCW health network in the past 12
months. The other three are in Brookfield, Mequon and
Milwaukee. The Drexel Town Square site also adds to the
health network’s growing presence south of Milwaukee,
which was marked by an expanded affiliation last year
with the former United Hospital System, now operating as
“People tell us they
want high quality care that’s convenient and fits their
lives. Many of our patients already come from Oak Creek,
South Milwaukee, Caledonia, Racine and beyond, and this
location gives them a comprehensive, close-to-home
option with the resources of the Froedtert & MCW
academic medical center at their fingertips,” Jacobson
“It’s truly a very
connected network,” Bukiewicz said, “Having an
additional medical facility under a different umbrella
only enhances health care choices for all of our
In addition to the
spectrum of care, adding emergency services when minutes
count can save lives, the mayor said. And until now,
first-responders from Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and
Franklin wouldn’t have traveled to the Froedtert main
campus, a 20-, 25-minute drive away through the
sometimes congested Zoo Interchange, Bukiewicz said.
St. Luke Hospital,
now part of Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, has long
been the dominant health care provider to residents on
the South Side and surrounding suburbs, renowned for its
heart treatment care based out of the 2900 W. Oklahoma
Ave., Milwaukee, facility. The system has 15 hospitals,
more than 150 clinics and 70 pharmacies, and has many
facilities in northern Illinois. Froedtert has five
hospitals, more than 1,600 physicians and nearly 40
health centers and clinics. Both draw patients from the
Midwest and other parts of the nation.
The public received a sneak preview Saturday at the
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Drexel Town
Square Health Center in Oak Creek.
Julia LeGath/Post Staff
In its latest
expansion, the Froedtert & MCW planning team studied the
community’s needs before determining the appropriate
services to offer, Jacobson said.
specialty care as well as cancer care were identified as
significant shortages in the area, she said.
She noted that the
design responds to the trend toward digital health care,
and will be able to offer options such as virtual
consults and e-visits.
The health center is
expected to create about 145 new full- and part-time
jobs in its first year, with additional job growth
projected in subsequent years.
The new Froedtert
location is also just north of the Racine County line,
where growth is forecast with the development of the
unprecedented Foxconn Technology Group project announced
this summer that could employ 13,000 people.
“From Mount Pleasant
it’s one more health care provider choice,” Bukiewicz
said. “This is just another amenity that Oak Creek is
providing for those who work in Caledonia and they can’t
get down there.”