UW Health to Expand Presence on Madison's East Side
Madison, Wisconsin - On April 9, UW Health will break ground on a new hospital, outpatient care and wellness facility on the east side of Madison.
Located in The American Center business park, just north of the intersection of Interstate 90/94 and Highway 151, the new three-wing building will house:
- A 56-bed inpatient hospital for orthopedic and general medical/surgical patients
- Two floors of clinic exam rooms for outpatient care in a variety of clinical specialties
- A universal care center for outpatient diagnostic and treatment procedures
- Physical and occupational therapy
- A wellness, fitness and sports performance wing with therapeutic pool, sports courts, sprint track, classrooms and demonstration kitchen
- A 24-hour emergency center for evaluation and treatment or transport to UW Hospital and Clinics’ full-service emergency department
Nearby on the American Center campus, UW Health will continue to operate its current East Clinic at 5249 E. Terrace Drive. Future plans also include rehabilitation services on The American Center campus, most likely on an adjacent site.
The Time is Right
UW Hospital and Clinics purchased land for the new facility in 2006, as a site for future growth. Now with demand projected to rise as baby boomers age, and no room for growth on UW Hospital's west side location, that time has finally come.
"We expect capacity at our main facility to be completely full by 2014," says UW Hospital chief operating officer Ron Sliwinski. "That facility is also more than 30 years old now, so it's in need of renovations. We'd like to reconfigure and enlarge our patient rooms to be more modern, but right now we have no swing space for remodeling."
Movement of some services from Highland Ave. to the new campus at The American Center will make renovations of current hospital space possible.
Building for the Future
Constructing a new facility offers a unique opportunity to step back, think ahead and plan carefully for the future.
"The size and complexity of our current facility add cost to care, regardless of individual patient needs," says UW Hospital and Clinics CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky. "As we're designing the new facility, we're focusing more on specific populations and on creating environments that are patient- and family-centered, yet efficient and aimed not just at treating illness but with a keen eye on wellness and keeping people healthy."
"Our goal is for patients and families to receive the same expert, innovative and compassionate care they have come to expect throughout UW Health."
To do that, the hospital has both examined what works well internally and sought out best practices from other new facilities around the country. Just as important, it has tapped into the rich knowledge and experience of front line staff who participated in weeklong design workshops.
Also at the workshops were patients and family members who are serving as advisors to the project.
"What better way to design a patient- and family-centered facility than to have patients and families directly involved in the planning?: says Mark Hamilton, UW Hospital Vice President for Ambulatory Operations and planning coordinator for the new facility. "Patient and family feedback has been invaluable every step of the way. I know this will be a better place because of their input and participation."
Designed for Health and Healing
The design goal of the new facility is an inviting, healing environment that is easy to navigate and offers not only patient- and family-centered health care surroundings, but also a pleasant and productive workplace for staff and physicians.
Among the differences patients will notice is the larger size of patient rooms. All inpatient rooms are designed with space and furnishings for family members as well as plenty of natural light and technological capabilities to maximize the promising future for telemedicine.
All inpatient rooms will have a view of the carefully preserved tree line at the back of the property or of a beautifully landscaped green roof above the universal care center on the southwest end of the building. An outdoor dining area off the cafeteria will offer additional green space, and several landscaped areas around the building will provide visual and environmental appeal.
In addition, walking paths around the perimeter of the facility will connect with an existing network of paths within The American Center campus.
The universal care center is an innovative concept designed for maximum flexibility in room use and patient flow. The center will house emergency services as well as outpatient imaging and procedures. Rooms will be designed to flex among those uses to best meet the needs of patients at any given time.
Date Published: 03/12/2013