BARRON, Wis. –– A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 1, at 1222 E. Woodland Ave. for construction of new inpatient hospital rooms in the Medical/Surgical Department at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Each year, Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron cares for more than 500 hospitalized patients. The $4.9 million, 8,778-square-foot project will include 10 new rooms and feature expanded, state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly features. A 5,600-square-foot shell space also will be constructed for future replacement of the hospital’s Family Birth Center.
“The new care environment will give patients, family members and staff ample space in a calm environment,” says Rita Sullivan, vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “The current rooms in this part of the hospital were constructed in 1982 and do not meet the current needs of our patients because they are very small and cannot accommodate medical equipment. The new rooms will be a benefit for our patients, their families and our employees.”
When construction is complete, each new patient room will include a private, wheelchair-accessible bathroom. For immobile patients, a built-in ceiling lift system will safely allow for smooth movement within the space. Room design features patient comfort, along with remote-controlled lights and temperature from a patient’s bed. In addition, the new rooms will be large enough to accommodate some therapies and procedures without having to move the patient to a different location.
During construction, patients in the Medical/Surgical Department will be cared for in the former nursing home rooms in the hospital. Construction is expected to take about one year.
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