Langlade Hospital Has Major Plans
Aspirus Langlade Hospital is in the midst of a building boom.
The hospital has been undergoing almost steady expansions since it was built in 2012 and over the year plans $13.6 million in additional construction and renovations across a range of facilities.
It’s a big investment in the community, Administrator Dave Schneider said. These are major figures and it is all going toward meeting our growing patient needs.
Projects are spread across the system, in Birnamwood, at Rosalia Gardens, the St. Joseph Outpatient Building and the main campus.
In Birnamwood, work will begin very soon on construction of a new $2.3 million 7,000 square foot clinic that will be double the size of the current structure.
It will be an entirely new facility to replace the existing clinic, Schneider said. It will be located right in the heart of the community.
The larger building will allow the clinic to expand from one to two full-time providers, along with the various ancillary departments such as lab and x-ray. The design calls for an attractive structure, with wood and stone accents and an abundance of natural light.
Hopefully we’ll be in place by spring of next year, Schneider said. It’s going to be a beautiful facility.
Another very visible project is underway at Rosalia Gardens, where a new 25-bed wing is under construction. That project carries a $4.8 million price tag.
The 19,022 square foot project will include a dedicated hospice area and private and communal dining locations. It also includes expansion of the adult day care site. There will be separate living room and den areas, a country kitchen and a spa with hair salon. The building will be monitored and secured with a state-of-the-art nurse call and way-finding management system.
Two additional projects, totaling $6.5 million will begin soon on the actual hospital campus.
The larger, at $4.3 million, will expand the pain and kidney care clinics and cancer center located in the St. Joseph Outpatient Building.
It will be a major renovation, Schneider said, explaining that the building will be extended to the south and east of the current footprint. Specialty clinics will also be moved from the first to second floor.
The expansion will double the size of the kidney center and add three additional dialysis stations, bringing the total to 12. There will also be private consultation rooms,
Our volume is growing, Schneider said, explaining that the center currently has over 40 patients.
The pain clinic is also growing, he said, drawing in patients from across the region.
We are the only Aspirus Hospital with a pain clinic, Schneider said, adding that it hopes to recruit a second full-time provider in that area.
The cancer center will receive three additional chairs in the chemotherapy/infusion center. Two will be private treatment rooms and an office for the nurse navigator. A garden will also be added.
Our cancer center volume continues to grow, Schneider said. It will be a warmer, more comfortable environment for our patients.
The project is in the final design phases, Schneider said, and work should commence before the end of the year.
A separate $2.2 million project will renovate the entire second floor of the Aspirus General Clinic for physical, occupational and speech therapy along with occupational health. The improvements will improve aesthetics and privacy in those areas.
When we did all the work on the clinic, this is the only area of the entire campus that was not renovated, Schneider said.
The work will create private physical therapy cubicles, a new business health area and move occupational health services to the second floor. The current areas now devoted to occupational health will be revamped for behavioral health.
Schneider said that project will also start by the end of December and will take about a year to complete.
The hospital has been successful and continues to invest in the community, he stressed.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal