Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 --- 8:20pm
After a year of planning, a much-needed new medical facility is finally about to become a reality in Sauk Prairie.
"As a real community, to have a hospital of this caliber is a real benefit” says Beth Martinka, Birth Center Director at the new Sauk Prairie Hospital.
For over the past 50 years, Sauk Prairie's had the same hospital. With small patient rooms, a growing need for medical care, and no room for expansion, the hospital hit a brick wall.
"We were completely out of options” Larry Schroeder, CEO of Sauk Prairie Healthcare tells NBC 15.
But now, a new door is opening to improve patient care.
"It was time to move into a new hospital” says Martinka.
The new Sauk Prairie hospital is set to open April 5. Just days away, staff is busy preparing for the big move. "it's a real undertaking to move a hospital: a place that's open 24 hours and has patients” says Martinka.
From last minute touches to numerous amounts of training, rooms will be more accommodating, each featuring a patient lift. There will also be more patient rooms, and new types of rooms: from a lactation room to an operating room in the birthing center.
It took $53 million dollars to build, 500 construction workers to build it, and a tremendous amount patience, but for the staff at Sauk Prairie, securing this new 140,000 square foot facility was worth the wait.