May, 2014

CMC Renovation Project Underway

05/ 2014

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Chilton, Wis. – Calumet Medical Center’s (CMC) commitment to care for the community’s health care needs well into the future is the foundation of their renovation project. Construction is underway and CMC is excited to share their plans with the community they serve.

Constructed in 1955 as Calumet Memorial Hospital from the generous philanthropic support of the surrounding area along with the Hill-Burton Federal Fund, the main campus has not undergone a major renovation in its near 60 years of service. The emergency department was renovated in 2006 and now the main campus is responding to the growing needs of the community.
The $10.4 million dollar project addresses needs in infrastructure, specialty outpatient services, surgery, and patient access. 
The first phase of the project, replacement of the infrastructure or power plant, took place in 2013. The facility had been operating on the original boiler, heating and cooling system where energy efficiency was lacking and replacement parts custom built costing the facility almost a quarter of million dollars to maintain over a two year period. The newly installed system has already proved its value since significant energy savings were noted during the frigid temperatures of the first quarter of 2014.
The renovation of the Specialty Outpatient Services area is reflective of the expansion of services provided over the past five years.  The hospital was constructed in 1955 with emphasis on inpatient care and today outpatient services represent 81% of CMC’s patient volume.  By 2009, CMC had 16 visiting specialists adding to outpatient services. Today, 26 specialists serve CMC and the increase in volume at present and prediction of increases into the future requires expanded space. In addition, as specialists are added, CMC has seen further need of patients requiring physical medicine and rehabilitation services. Renovation plans include the rehabilitation service area to meet the ever increasing demand for patients seeking care close to home.
The Surgery Center plan includes a renovation and expansion of operating rooms, updated pre-surgery, and recovery space. Annually, CMC has seen an increase in the number of surgeries as specialists continue to add to the comprehensive care provided by the hospital. In fiscal year 2011, 611 surgeries were performed, 643 in fiscal year 2013 and 681 projected for 2014. As continued growth is projected, the surgery center renovation will allow doctors to provide expert care in a timely manner, improved efficiency for staff, and a creation of privacy and comfort for families.
Lastly, the patient entry into CMC will be reconfigured for an improvement in patient access, efficiency, and convenience. Patient safety, security and privacy will be increased with the creation of one main entrance, registration area, and waiting area. An expanded cafeteria/community room will also provide staff and visitors improved comfort.
Tim Richman, CMC President, said, “Our patient satisfaction scores have consistently rated in the top 10% of the country indicating that our staff provides exceptional care and CMC is committed to maintain those high standards. We have outstanding physicians, providers, and staff that have been recognized by the community. CMC’s staff and patients deserve a facility suited for high quality healthcare for generations well into the future.”
General Surgeon Peter Janu, MD reflects on his 15 years of serving the community at CMC and outlook for the future. “Bigger is not better, better is better. Our surgical staff provides fantastic quality and outcomes at CMC, despite the hospital being originally designed for inpatient surgery. The new renovation allows us to provide the same quality of care in a more modern updated outpatient setting that is more efficient and will give patients and family members a better experience,” Dr. Janu said.
Bud Wieting, CMC Chairman of the Board added, “This is an exciting time for Calumet Medical Center. The steering committee has been working hard to get this project off the ground and is now ready to share the campaign with the public. Just like back in 1955, our goal is saving lives and improving the lives of everyone we serve in all of the communities in the CMC service area.  There is no greater gift than helping to save a life, and we can all be a part of this by coming together.” 

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