Once the medical center is complete, the entire facility will be 800,000 square feet, 250,000 of which is the physician practice that is already up and running.
The hospital will begin to be furnished in December, when medical devices to support surgeries, diagnostics, wound care, and rehabilitation are expected to arrive at the facility. The equipment will then be installed, and each of the devices will undergo testing to obtain certification.
The next several weeks will consist of finding the 500-700 staff members for the facility, Finley says. She estimates 20% of the positions will be filled by people who already work for Aurora and happen to live in the surrounding areas. The vast majority of the staff will come from Wisconsin, providing a boost to the local economy as well.
Finley says planning for the new medical center began 10 years ago, and its development and growth will be an ongoing process. While the medical center will only be licensed for 110 beds at first, the intent for it is to grow to become a regional center because of its location in the "growth quarter" on Interstate 94—between the cities of Milwaukee and Madison, Finley says.
"The hospital is not built for March 1, the hospital is built for five years, for 10 years, for 20 years from now and it has the capacity to expand to at least double, and a little bit more, from what we will open with in March," Finley says.