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Groundbreaking Tuesday for St. Michael's addition & renovation


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - A major addition and remodelling project officials starts today with groundbreaking ceremonies at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point.

The 2:00 p.m. ceremony marks the beginning of a 15,000 square foot addition to the southeast part of the hospital, and a complete renovation of 40,000 existing square feet to upgrade the emergency department, ambulatory surgery center, and urgent care.

The project is expected to cost close to 20-million dollars, and include several things to improve safety and work flow to their busy emergency department. Part of the project includes an enclosed ambulance garage, additional private exam rooms, a new entrance and registration area, and improvements to dock the mobile magnetic resonance imaging truck that serves the hospital.

The present facility was designed to handle about 27,000 emergency department visits per year, but St. Michael’s has one of the busier ER’s in the state nearly reaching 40,000 emergency visits last year.