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Whether patients arrive through valet parking or through the connector bridge from the Women's Hospital, arriving and way-finding will prove to be an easy task at the new hospital.


Centrally located elevators and views of Lake Michigan help to orient patients and visitors, also assisting in way-finding.

Photos by Jim Brozek.

Countdown to the "Hospital of the Future"

September Construction Milestones

  • Finalize details of all flooring, paint and finishing.
  • Installation of all signage.
  • Move in and placement of all furniture.
  • Staff tours and trainings.
  • Various hospital opening events.

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.

August 2010:

  • Substantially completed the Van Dyke Haebler Center, CSM's gold standard breast health center.
  • Performed final cleaning and waxing of floors on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors.
  • Relocated food service equipment to the new kitchen.
  • Dining room flooring completed.
  • Landscaping and sod nearly completed.
  • All exterior lights activated and aimed.
  • Approximately 65 percent of the building's exterior glass and metal panels washed.
  • Nearly completied the administrative offices.

July 2010:

  • Installed porcelain tile at the front and back entrances complete.
  • Final cleaning of: the 7th floor, 6th floor, portion of the 5th floor, Pre- and Post-Operative, Pre- and Post-Procdural and 1st floor.
  • Installed final finishes, doors and hardware at the 3rd floor Imaging/Invasive area.
  • Completed landscaping along North Avenue and a portion of the Main Entrance.
  • Completed drywall installation at the 5th floor Behavioral Unit.
    Completed architectural finishes for the Dining Room on the ground level.
  • Installed owner vendor medical equipment in the Emergency Department.

June 2010:

  • Completed flooring and painting at the front entrance lobby and concourse.
  • Substanially completed 4th floor peri-operative rooms.
  • Substanially completed 2nd floor.
  • Substanially completed 1st floor.
  • Commissioned air handler units throughout the building.
  • Hung and finished drywall at 5th floor Behaviorial Health unit.
  • Started construction of 8th floor Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institiute.

May 2010:

  • Completed 4th floor surgical suites. Prepared 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.
  • "Living Garden" installation began on May 18 on the roof above the main entrance lobby.

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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