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The new Medical Office Building, left, adds 41,000 square feet of space to campus of Hudson Hospital & Clinic, allowing for an expansion of services. The building will open to patients on Tuesday, April 29. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)

Medical Office Building opens April 29

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The new Medical Office Building on the campus of Hudson Hospital & Clinic is teeming with activity as workers race to put the finishing touches on it prior to the Tuesday, April 29, opening.

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On Friday, a moving company will carry the large equipment into the two-level, 41,000-square-foot building attached to the hospital. Then over the weekend, the medical staff will move into the building.

“We’re really excited to be able to expand our services in this community,” said Pat Cooksey, the hospital’s business development and marketing director. “Our vision is to provide the care that people need, locally.”

When the campus on Stageline Road was built 11 years ago, Hudson Hospital collaborated with the large HealthPartners organization to provide a Specialty Clinic in the new building.

With the opening of the Medical Office Building, the number of specialties and services offered in Hudson will expand again.

“Now that we are part of HealthPartners, we are able to tap into HealthPartners to provide high-quality specialists here in Hudson without having to try to find our own or ask independent groups to come in,” Cooksey said. “It really gives us access to a lot more specialists than we have had in the past.”

Hudson Hospital & Clinic officially joined the larger organization at the start of 2009. The name was recently changed from Clinics to Clinic to be consistent with the naming convention for other HealthPartner hospitals.

The Medical Office Building also will provide more space for independent tenants of the Hudson Hospital & Clinic, including Hudson Physicians, the group of largely general practice and OB/GYN doctors attached to the hospital. And it will allow the hospital to expand its own services.

Cooksey and Stacy Lenzen, senior communications generalist for the hospital, gave the Star-Observer a tour of the Medical Office Building on Monday.

One of their goals was to acquaint the public with the new layout of the campus so patients don’t make a long hike, only to discover that their doctor’s office has been moved.

That would be the case for anyone who goes into the hospital for an appointment with their orthopedist or one of the Specialty Clinic doctors.

St. Croix Orthopaedics now occupies about a quarter of the ground level of the Medical Office Building.

The Specialty Clinic, with more than 20 different types of doctors, has moved to the second floor of the Medical Office Building. The clinic nearly doubled in size and now has close to 7,000 square feet of space for its specialists including cardiologists, oncologists, a urologist, a plastic surgeon and more.

Also located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building are the hospital’s Outpatient Procedure Center, the Respiratory Therapy Center, the Rehabilitation Center and Physical Therapy (including occupational and hand therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, speech therapy and a large fitness center).

People coming in multiple times a week for therapy will have a parking area reserved for them at the back of the building, as well as a back entrance to save them steps.

Cooksey said the fitness center will be significantly larger than the hospital’s current center, allowing more community and employee memberships. It also will have men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The hospital’s cardiac stress labs and pulmonary function testing will be taken out of their current cramped quarters and into the new building.

The other first-floor tenant (in addition to St. Croix Orthopaedics) will be Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin.

Dr. John Brendel, an anesthesiologist, leads the clinic. It provides injections and therapies for people with extreme, chronic pain. Brendel already is practicing at Hudson Hospital.

Hudson Hearing Clinic, led by Michele Drevnick, is moving from the second floor of the hospital into a suite about twice the size on the second floor of the Medical Office Building.

Drevnick, who has two doctors of audiology working with her, has long needed space for a second hearing booth, according to Cooksey.

The hospital’s Internal Medicine Clinic and Chemotherapy and Infusion Center also will be on the second floor of the Medical Office Building, along with the Specialty Clinic and a new fitness studio.

There is a separate check-in desk and waiting area for chemotherapy patients, who are susceptible to infections, so they won’t have to mingle with sick people while waiting to see doctors.

Hudson Hospital & Clinic has an agreement with Children’s Hospital that allows pediatric patients to receive their chemotherapy in Hudson after the initial treatment at the Minneapolis clinic.

The Medical Office Building has seven or eight comfortable infusion rooms with interesting views and large flat-screen televisions.

The mirrored fitness studio on the second floor will provide a space for yoga and other classes that now take place in the hospital’s conference rooms.

Hospital renovations

After the move to the Medical Office Building is completed, the second phase of the hospital’s building project will begin in earnest.

Hudson Physician’s OB/GYNs and women’s programs will move to the second-floor space of the hospital being vacated by the Specialty Clinic.

The current conference room and cafeteria area of the hospital will be gutted and rebuilt as an outpatient and inpatient pharmacy, a sleep center, a provider lounge, a larger conference room and an expanded cafeteria and kitchen.

The hospital will hold a grand opening in October, after the entire project is completed.

The hospital broke ground for the Medical Office Building in November 2012. It has taken four months longer than planned to complete largely because of delays in getting state approval for construction plans.

Perkins + Will, a large international architectural firm, designed the building. McGough Construction, headquartered in St. Paul, is the general contractor.

Design

The look and feel of the new building and its surroundings reflect Hudson Hospital & Clinic’s philosophy of providing a healing environment for patients.

“The new building is a continuation of our campus vision -– connecting people, processes and technology to support healing,” a hospital fact sheet says.

The exterior design and finishes are intended to complement the existing campus.

“It’s the same color palette as we have used in the hospital,” Cooksey said of the new building. Greens and browns reflect plants and earth, with some blues and rust for water, sky and fire.

“It’s earth tones,” Cooksey said.

Feng Shui principles were adopted for simplicity and way-finding. The building has curved hallways; soft, indirect lighting; and an inviting, warm, quiet atmosphere.

There are large windows throughout, including in examination and procedure rooms.

A water feature underneath the stairway to the second level was created as part of the emphasis on bringing nature inside.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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