Mayo officials break ground on new La Crosse hospital to replace current building

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — In an effort to provide effective and personalized care, Mayo Clinic Health System is building a new hospital in La Crosse, the largest in the Mayo Clinic’s local history.

Mayo officials broke ground Tuesday for the new facility, which will be a hub hospital, allowing health-care workers to provide in-depth care. The new hospital will include a new family birth center, medical-surgical units and ICU and progressive care units.

“Traditionally some of these patients who come to La Crosse maybe get sent over to Rochester or Minneapolis, or other places. They will likely be able to stay here,” said Jeff Jansen, an anesthesiologist at Mayo La Crosse.

The current building has multiple issues, including plumbing and electrical problems. Despite the challenges, staffers have made it work, Jansen said.

“They have worked tremendously hard in what I would call, inferior workspaces,” he said.

“We’ve had to open spaces to take care of patients. It requires a lot of behind the scenes to keep it in that condition,” Jansen said.

In the current hospital, patients have to be transferred from different ends of the facility. In the new building, the surgical floor will be adjacent to postsurgical recovery rooms.

“Time away from monitored environments is less,” Janesen said.

The new hospital will have a large impact on La Crosse neighborhoods and the economy, said Paul Mueller, vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System.

“The staff we hire, many want to live right in La Crosse,” Mueller said.

For patients headed to the La Crosse campus, be aware of some traffic and parking changes. Lot two is permanently closed while lot three, North Jackson Street, will be used for patient and visitor parking. There will be no through-traffic on Mississippi Street.

The new building is just one part of a bigger plan to provide further personalized care for patients. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.

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