Monroe Clinic Breaks Ground
Northwest Addition Construction Starts
Monroe Clinic broke ground on the Northwest Addition Thursday, December 10, 2009. Area leaders and community members joined Monroe Clinic board members and staff for the afternoon ceremony. Mike Sanders, President and CEO of Monroe Clinic, welcomed attendees and S. Mary Noel Brown of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes offered the blessing.
From vision to reality
The groundbreaking ceremony marked the transition from vision to reality, as Monroe Clinic first announced plans for the Northwest Addition in May 2008.
The new facility was the answer to several issues facing Monroe Clinic:
· structural changes needed to house modern equipment and accommodate growth
· layout improvements for efficient workflow practices
· current and future medical needs of the community
Countless hours of thoughtful planning, research and hard work by Monroe Clinic staff, board members and project leaders have fueled the vision forward to assure the building would offer optimal benefits for patients, staff and the community. Project leaders met with Monroe Clinic teams to gather input on how their department’s layout could best accommodate their workflow and support patient care.
Monroe Clinic also committed to pursue LEED certification, which involves strategies for improving performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Further details on LEED are available at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Web site, usgbc.org.
Monroe Clinic expects the building project to reach completion in 2012.
Excellence meets efficiency
As plans took form, Monroe Clinic has released specific details for the Northwest Addition, which include:
Efficiency: Nurses will collectively save 1.5 to 3 miles per day transporting patients. The Northwest Addition will also use “same-handed” design, so rooms will have the same features located in the same places improving both safety and workflow. The facility will be 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than the current hospital.
Cost: The $85 million expansion is funded through savings ($20 million) and tax-exempt bonds ($65 million). While price increases will continue to occur over time due to external factors, rates will not increase to fund the expansion.
Features: Convenient day-surgery access with private exit, a new emergency helipad, a larger family birth center, a new chapel with a rooftop meditation garden and a top-story cafeteria with outside eating areas are all included in the Northwest Addition.
Construction: Monroe Clinic plans to divert 75 percent of construction waste away from landfills. Whenever possible, local workers are hired to assist on the project.
Proactive communication and real answers
Since announcing their intention to build the Northwest Addition, Monroe Clinic has taken strides to not only answer community members’ questions, but to encourage interest and proactively communicate construction plan details.
On June 10, 2009, Monroe Clinic invited the community to a well-attended unveiling event at Monroe High School, which featured renderings of the new facility, a presentation by architects and Monroe Clinic leaders as well as a question and answer session.
Monroe Clinic continues to distribute flyers to patients, publish updates in their community newsletter, and update an “expansion” page on their Web site in order to keep patients and area communities informed as plans move forward.
As always, Mike Sanders encourages individuals with questions to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-324-1263. To learn more about the project or view parking details click here.