SHEBOYGAN — Monday night concluded a series of community informational sessions on the progress of the Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center redevelopment.
The meetings featured project stakeholders from Aurora and the City of Sheboygan to provide their respective updates and hear community feedback.
New facility construction
Dave Graebner, president of the medical center, said the new facility is about 50% complete with construction.
"It's going really well, our hope is by the end of the year to be all enclosed so that we really are just working on the inside component," he said in the virtual meeting.
The new campus will be located just north of Acuity Insurance on Taylor Drive and is estimated to be complete by the end of 2021. The first patients should be seen in spring of 2022.
The new campus will include an emergency room, rehabilitation services and a medical office building housing five clinics in orthopedics, women's services, cardiology, pulmonology and general surgery.
"It's a little hard to get by there right now," Graebner said. "We're doing some roadwork to make sure we have sewer and telephone and all the communication so we're just finalizing that. That should be complete by November."
Existing facility redevelopment
According to Victoria Navarro, regional director of planning, design and construction, all materials will be removed from the existing campus once the hospital has been fully relocated. Then, site preparation for new developers can begin. That process is expected to run from 2022 to 2025.
The stakeholders also addressed the other component of the relocation -- what is being done with the existing hospital in Memorial Neighborhood.
"When the contract was put together between Aurora and the city, there was a special statement about what goes in there needs to be compatible with the neighborhood," explained Roberta Filicky-Peneski, Alderperson for District 2 that encompasses the 7-acre parcel. "Our hope is to have multiple developers interested, then we go back and vet and look at who is the best developer for what we want. The city then puts forth the agreement between the developer and the city. At that point Aurora will have passed through and finished its negotiations."
Graebner echoed that sentiment, explaining that is a large driving force for the community information sessions.
"This is our community, my community. We have a number of members who live in this neighborhood, and we've always had such a great relationship," he said. "We've given it a lot of thought in this transition with the specific agreement. The city will have to sign off on any developer and we want to make sure it meets the needs with feedback we're getting."