(This post has been updated to include the fact that Marshfield Clinic has declined to comment on this story.)
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — As a result of an open records request to the city of Marshfield, Hub City Times has received several renderings and detailed information about Marshfield Clinic’s planned “hospital of the future.”
The information and renderings are part of a conditional use request Marshfield Clinic has made to the city of Marshfield pursuant to building a new hospital.
In a document submitted to the city by Marshfield Clinic entitled “Conditional Use Permit Narrative,” Marshfield Clinic explained several aspects of the project including the planned location of the hospital.
“The existing Marshfield Clinic Campus layout contains a western edge defined by the Laird and Lawton Buildings and a southern edge defined by the 1974 Clinic and East Wing buildings. The new hospital building will establish an eastern edge to the campus and, thus, create a series of buildings organized around a campus quad,” the narrative said.
The narrative added, “the hospital’s primary vehicular entry will be from North Oak Avenue.”
The narrative also called for the addition of a parking garage to the north of the new hospital.
“The parking structure is planned to hold 750 vehicles and will be four levels. The parking structure will be used by both staff and patients,” the narrative said.
The narrative noted that the hospital will be “far enough north to preserve some parking for the East Wing’s future use.”
The plan also called for the construction of a new parking lot about one-fifth of a mile “east of the intersection of St. Joseph Avenue and McMillan Street” that will contain 355 parking stalls.
“This parking lot will be available to Marshfield Clinic staff, patrons, and temporarily for construction workers during the duration of construction of the new Marshfield Clinic Hospital facility. A shuttle service will be provided to riders utilizing this parking lot.”
“A ‘hospital of the future’ must accomplish two things aesthetically in order to be successful. First, it must evoke a sense of high-tech competence in order to represent the advanced treatment occurring within, but it must also feel welcoming, healing, and safe,” the narrative said. “As a result, the hospital has been metaphorically thought of as a lantern. A lantern evokes warmth, home, and oftentimes a way out of trouble. A lantern can also lead the way into the future and signal the arrival of new ideas.”
The narrative also said that the building will “occupy approximately 615,000 building gross square feet” and would have eight stories. The hospital and the East Wing, the narrative said, will be physically connected for both staff and the public to travel between both buildings.
The narrative also provided a floor-by-floor breakdown of the planned hospital. That breakdown is presented below, verbatim, from the narrative:
—The Ground Level will contain logistical support areas; an inpatient pharmacy; stat lab; kitchen; central sterile department; morgue; and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing spaces to support the building infrastructure.
—Level 1 services will include emergency and urgent care; imaging and nuclear medicine; noninvasive cardiac diagnostics; administrative functions; and public amenities including a café, conference center, gift shop, retail pharmacy, chapel, servery, and dining.
—Level 2 aggregates invasive (surgical) and interventional procedures on a single floor with shared prep and recovery functions.
—Level 3 services will include a 16-bed pediatric medical/surgical unit; a 10-bed pediatric intensive care unit; and a women’s and infants care area, consisting of labor and delivery rooms, C-section rooms, a 12-bed obstetrical patient rooms, and a 28-bed neonatal intensive care unit.
—Level 4 will be devoted to mechanical infrastructure spaces that will support the building’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning needs.
—Level 5 will contain one 18-bed critical care unit, one 18-bed critical care/acuity adaptable unit, and one 20-bed medical/surgical unit.
—Level 6 will contain three 20-bed medical/surgical units.
—Level 7 will contain one 20-bed medical/surgical unit, one shell bed unit, and rooftop access to a helipad.
The hospital has an expected bed count of 202 patient beds, the narrative said.
A 30,000-square-foot “central utility plant” will also be constructed that will “contain the central heating, cooling, and emergency power systems for the hospital, East Wing building, and Marshfield Clinic buildings west of Oak Avenue.”
The plan is for the new hospital to open in 2018. No cost estimate was included in the Marshfield Clinic’s conditional use request to the city.
Marshfield Clinic has declined to comment on this story.