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Dignitaries are handed their construction hats prior to the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, Nov. 1. At left is Patricia Cooksey, director of business development and marketing at Hudson Hospital & Clinics.
Dignitaries are handed their construction hats prior to the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, Nov. 1. At left is Patricia Cooksey, director of business development and marketing at Hudson Hospital & Clinics.

Hospital breaks ground for medical office building

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Hudson Hospital & Clinics held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday to mark the start of construction of a $10 million medical office building.

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President and CEO Marian Furlong acknowledged that it looks like the project is well under way. But the construction to date has been on a new parking lot for the campus, which is needed to replace parking spaces lost to the new building and provide additional parking.

"Today is a very special day for us," Furlong said in welcoming community, business and medical leaders to the ceremony.

She noted that Hudson Hospital will celebrate 60 years in the community in 2013, and 10 years at the campus off Interstate 94, east of Carmichael Road.

Furlong said construction of the two-story, 41,000-square-foot building connected to the existing facility will allow for an expansion of medical services in Hudson.

She said the building would provide more room for Hudson Hospital Specialty Clinics, an internal medicine clinic, an infusion center for cancer patients and a rehabilitation center. St. Croix Orthopaedics, Hudson Hearing Clinic and Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin also will be located in the building.

The remaining space will be available to other health care providers.

"Our intent has been to grow with the community," Furlong said.

HealthPartners, a large non-profit health care organization based in Minnesota, is building the new facility.

Hudson Hospital & Clinics joined the organization in 2009. Speakers credited the partnership for making construction of the medical office building possible.

Dr. Bill Gold, chairman of the Hudson Hospital Board and a resident of the town of Troy, said the hospital has made major improvements in the delivery of care over the past few years.

"It really does affect people, because access to high-quality care provides not only convenience, but better care," he said.

Gold also praised the architects of the building, Perkin + Will, and the general contractor, McGough Construction.

"We're fortunate to work with a team of architects and builders who want to represent the very essence of what this campus is about, and that is to create a healing environment," Gold said.

Dr. Ken Holmen represented HealthPartners at the ceremony. He is the organization's vice president of medical affairs.

Holmen said that while new buildings are nice, it's what happens inside them that is important.

"It really is a chance to create a new environment of care," he said, expressing optimism that the new building will facilitate better and more affordable care and patient experiences.

Hudson Hospital & Clinics also is a non-profit health care provider. The campus is designed with the latest technology and amenities to support whole health and healing for patients and their families - including a nationally acclaimed healing arts program, according to a hospital news release.

The hospital has 25 private rooms that feature private baths, garden views, guest accommodations and room service for patients and guests.

Its services include a regionally popular birth center, rehabilitation center, imaging center, cancer care, heart care, neurology, orthopedics and more.

The medical office building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.

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