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Aurora Health Care’s new hospital at Pabst Farms

SUMMIT, Wis., January 10, 2007, Town officials got their first glimpse Tuesday of Aurora Health Care’s Pabst Farms hospital - and heard that plans for the facility may not stop at 792,000 SF.

The hospital design will purposely allow room for an expansion, a concept project planners expect to address more broadly at upcoming town meetings about the development. However, there are no immediate plans for growth, and any expansion would only occur if the market demanded it, a hospital spokesman said.

"This is a facility that is being built for the long term," project designer Michael Scholl, vice president of Brookfield-based Hammes Company, told town staff members, plan commissioners and board members at an informal presentation of Aurora’s hospital campus plans at the town hall.

The 90-minute presentation afforded many their first chance to see the proposal Aurora has submitted for the town’s consideration. The project includes a 593,000 SF, 110-bed hospital and 180,000 SF medical office building and clinic costing an estimated $189 million. A 2009 opening is projected. The project overview hit on a variety of topics, including street access, lighting, landscaping, sewers and stormwater plans - issues that will be addressed in more detail at a pair of town meetings later this month, officials said.

Potential expansion was also a topic Tuesday, as Scholl went over the building’s exterior design. He said any expansion would be primarily "vertical" and would involve adding third and fourth stories to parts of the development - the planned cancer center and the emergency and surgery departments - that are currently planned at two.

"The other parts of the hospital and medical office building are four stories. Zoning would cap all buildings at that level and also limit the amount of 'horizontal' expansion on the site, since the latter could impact greenspace requirements," Scholl said. Amenities planned for the new Aurora Medical Center include:
  • A modern, efficient design that emphasizes comfort and convenience for patients and their families
  • The latest technology for diagnosis and treatment
  • A full-service emergency department staffed 24 hours a day by physicians board certified in emergency medicine
  • 110 patient rooms, all private, and each with a full bath, homelike furnishings and separate temperature controls
  • Large rooms for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care
  • Cardiovascular services, including heart catheterization labs
  • A comprehensive cancer center, including radiation oncology and a Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic
  • An easy-to-navigate floor plan with patient corridors separate from those used by the public
  • Comfortable family lounges
  • A cafeteria, gift shop, chapel, community education room, retail pharmacy and a vision center
  • A new, expanded Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic with offices for primary-care physicians and specialists
  • Separate entrances for inpatient care, the medical office building, the cancer center, ambulatory surgery and the emergency department, each with a covered patient drop-off area, and each with convenient adjacent parking
  • Extensive landscaping, including a tranquil healing garden for the enjoyment of patients, family members and staff.