This is an artist’s rendering of what the new West Bend
Health Center will look like when construction is
completed adjacent to the current facility in the first
quarter of 2020. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot
building will be anchored by primary care physicians and
other care providers in family medicine and internal
WEST BEND — While construction
continues on the new West Bend Health Center adjacent to its current
location and and the new ambulatory surgery center next to St.
Joseph’s Hospital in the Town of Polk, the area continues to feel
the growth of the facilities’ economic impact. The new surgery
center is expected to open in the fall and the new health center in
early 2020. The new facilities will not only mean improved care and
service to area residents, but it also appears natural the projects
will spark an even larger economic impact than is now being made,
about $53 million annually, to the West Bend area by Froedtert and
the Medical College of Wisconsin.
When officials from Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
broke ground at both the health center and the surgery center, they
said the projects were driven by the need to update a 1990s-era
structure to better serve the community.
“The existing facility remains open and operational while the new
health center is under construction on the southeast end of the West
Bend Health Center campus. The existing building will be removed
after the new facility opens,” said Tim Olsen, manager of public
relations for Froedtert Health and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Jim Klauck, senior vice president of ancillary services at Froedtert and
the Medical College of Wisconsin, said earlier the size of the
facility is very similar to the current West Bend surgery center
that exists on the West Bend Clinic campus (on Paradise Drive).
“We will be operating three surgery rooms along with two procedure
suites,” Klauck said earlier. “It will still be a free-standing
ambulatory surgery center. There will be an attached corridor on the
This is an artist’s
rendering of what the new ambulatory surgery center
being built adjacent to St. Joseph’s Hospital in the
Town of Polk will look like when construction is
completed later this year. The surgical center will be
17,000 square feet and will be connected with the
hospital by a long corridor.
Surgery Center will offer more centralized surgical care
on the hospital campus to better meet the needs of
patients. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot health
center facility will be anchored by primary care
physicians and other care providers in family medicine
and internal medicine, offering extended primary care
hours including early mornings, evenings, weekends and
same-day appointments. The facility will also provide
space for new services including urgent care,
occupational medicine, pain management, and an
Orthopedic Sports and Spine Center, including OrthoNow —
a walk-in orthopedic clinic for recent injuries, with
ability to see an orthopedic specialist immediately. A
pharmacy with drive-thru service also will be added.
Rehabilitation and sports medicine services, currently
offered at several local sites, will be expanded and
centralized at the Health Center campus.
“This investment underscores our long-term commitment to
the health and quality of life of the people of West
Bend and Washington County, and supports our philosophy
of providing access to academic medicine and the right
care in the right place at the right time,” officials
said in a news release.
The number of Washington County residents employed by
Froedtert Health has increased by more than 200 in the
past five years, to 2,226. Meanwhile, the number of
Washington County residents treated within the Froedtert
and Medical College of Wisconsin network has increased
from approximately 72,000 to 83,000 over the same
“As an organization, we’ve adapted to the needs of
Wisconsin by expanding the Froedtert & the Medical
College of Wisconsin network to five hospitals and 40
heath centers and clinics to provide more convenient
care where people live and work,” said the news release.