Froedtert, MCW bringing $53M to area
New health, surgery centers should spur continued growth

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

May 10, 2019

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 medicine.
Submitted rendering

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 hospital.”

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.
Submitted rendering

The Ambulatory 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 period.

“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.