FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Advocate Aurora has been expanding its services in Fond du Lac for years. The healthcare provider has announced that it will open an emergency room and provide inpatient rooms at its facility in Fond du Lac.
Advocate Aurora provides clinical care, emergency care, some outpatient surgery, as well as laboratories, x-rays and other services at its existing Fond du Lac facility. However, the healthcare system listened to patients and providers in the area and announced it would add another 91,000 square feet of space for this location adding even more care, starting with a 10-bed emergency room.
Dr. John Newman, Chief Medical Officer, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac, Advocate Aurora Health, said, “The 10 bed emergency room can accommodate up to twenty to thirty thousand visits on demand, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. ”
The expansion plan also includes ten stationary rooms with the option of adding ten more. This allows patients who previously had to travel to Aurora facilities from their immediate surroundings to stay closer to home.
Dr. Newman adds, “Total knee replacement that doesn’t require everyone to spend the night, but you probably want to make sure you have the option to go to the night if you need to, or have a hysterectomy or hernia repair, or even an oncological procedure , a mastectomy, or a colon resection – these people will likely spend a day or two in the hospital. “
Michelle Steward is one of the patients who will benefit from the extended services at Fond du Lac. She recently had four surgeries in three years and had to travel to Green Bay, Neenah, and Oshkosh for procedures and appointments. Knowing that she will have access to additional Aurora services at Fond du Lac helps her calm down.
“What we have here is a good set up, but Aurora stepping up their game in this area is going to make the market competitive, it will be so much easier for people who need to select certain lines of care in the market or through the market Make an affordable care bill that will really be life changing for us, ”says Steward.
Construction is expected to start in the spring of next year. The project will be completed in 2022.
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