Countdown to Hospital of the Future

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Upon entering Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, patients and visitors enjoy the view of Lake Michigan and the Historic Water Tower.


Bright and cheery colors add warmth to the hospital hallways, nursing stations and patient rooms.



Counters outside of patient rooms provide clinical staff an area to review charts and record patient data without disturbing the patient and their family.



Large bathrooms in each patient room accommodate patients with complex medical issues.

All photos by Jim Brozek.

Countdown to the "Hospital of the Future"

May Construction Milestones

  • Completed 4th floor surgical suites. Now ready for medical equipment.
  • Acute care patient rooms substantially completed on 6th and 7th floors.
  • Ground floor kitchen is 75 percent complete.
  • Installation of ceilings and flooring underway at the ground floor Emergency Department.
  • Exterior landscaping begun along North Avenue, as well as the Plaza garden area adjacent to the main entrance.

  • "Living Garden" installation will begin on May 18 above the main entrance lobby.

    Check back each month for new construction photos and milestones!

    The new Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee opens Fall 2010!

    Opening in 2010, this ground-breaking project consolidates Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia and current Lake Drive campuses into one. The new Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee will provide the blueprint for healthcare transformation in our community.

    The evidence-based design of our new East Side hospital will improve patient outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and aid in the recruitment and retention of top quality staff. In addition, the consolidation will lead to $19 million in annual savings to the organization leading to more affordable health care for everyone.

    Help us go "Above and Beyond!"

    Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation is committed to helping the new East Side hospital go “Above and Beyond” by funding advanced treatments and technologies, as well as enhancements to create an exceptional patient experience. Make a gift!


    2010 Construction Milestones

    As we look forward to opening our new, consolidated hospital in Fall 2010, many exciting milestones have been reached.

    April 2010:

    • Operating rooms ready for medical equipment installation to begin on May 3, 2010.
    • Completed installation of the lead-lined drywall at 3rd floor Imaging.
    • Finished installation of soft and hard ceilings from the main entrance to the discreet drop off area of the hospital.
    • Completed construction of the 5th & 6th floor acute care patient levels.
    • Completed construction of the glass handrail system and pavers at the three terraces located along North Avenue.

    March 2010:

    • Completed ceiling tile and flooring on 7th floor.
    • Completed drywall finishing and prime paint/1st coat in the Operating Rooms.
    • Installed lead drywall at 3rd floor imaging.
    • Installation of ceilings and overhead inspections at Emergency Department.
    • Start installing ceiling tile and floors on the 6th floor.
    • Continued installing millwork and accessories through out the facility.

    February 2010:

    • Emergency Department painted.
    • Headwalls and flooring installed in patient rooms.
    • Kitchen construction significantly underway.
    • Drywall installed in Imaging and Invasive areas of the 3rd floor.
    • Departments moved, including CSM Foundation, to the Heritage Center (formerly the Historic East Facility).

    January 2010:

    • Final demolition on the Lake Drive campus completed. The two-story Todd Wehr Diagnostic Center torn down to prepare for final construction of the new hospital.
    • Major progress of drywall installation in the atrium, bed tower and emergency department areas completed.

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