A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held with keynote speakers including, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, State Senator Howard Marklein, and State Representative Todd Novak.
Designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), the 80,000-square-foot hospital will feature a new emergency department, diagnostic imaging, surgical services with two operating rooms, a procedure room, medical and surgical unit, pharmacy, rehabilitation, and a vision clinic with a retail eye shop. The hospital will also include space for behavioral health and mindfulness sessions. In addition to the hospital, the site will house a 3,600-square-foot stand-alone building that includes two residency units and a garage for maintenance storage.
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us," said Kathy Kuepers, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County. "We have been working towards our reinvention for the last four years and are very excited for the future of health care in Lafayette County. Like a kaleidoscope, the same beautiful pieces were maintained as we are morphed into this beautiful new vision for our health care campus.”
In 2022, MHLC completed the financing to build a new facility. The funds include a $30.8 million revenue bond and $15 million general obligation bond in direct loans from the USDA, and a $5 million guaranteed loan, all of which will be paid for by the proceeds of the hospital. In addition, MHLC was awarded $14 million in additional grant funds.
“Memorial Hospital provides essential care for Southwest Wisconsin, serving Wisconsinites who otherwise would face long drive times to access critical health care. This new hospital is an investment in the health, well-being, and future prosperity of Lafayette County and the surrounding areas,” Baldwin said. “I am proud to support the construction of this new hospital to give our health care professionals the facility they need to keep patients safe and healthy, help attract families and businesses to Southwestern Wisconsin, and connect more Wisconsinites to the high-quality health care they deserve, from preventative care to emergency services.”
Construction on the new hospital is expected to be completed in fall of 2024. The current facility will be in operation during construction.