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Ripon Medical Center to break ground September 25, public invited
September 06, 2012
The public is invited to join Ripon Medical Center as it breaks ground on its new 120,000-square-foot facility on the city’s east side, off Highway 23.

The groundbreaking is slated to start at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25 with a brief program followed by refreshments. Floor plans of the new facility will also be available for viewing. The event will occur rain or shine.           

 “We are very excited to share with the community our plans for this new state-of-the-art facility,” says Katherine Vergos, Ripon Medical Center chief operating officer. “We have been working diligently to bring forward a facility that addresses the current and future healthcare needs of the Ripon area, and will provide a meaningful patient experience for those who will use our services at this new location.”

Once groundbreaking is complete, work will begin to develop a new street - called Parkside Street - which will take people from Eastgate Drive or Douglas Street to the new Ripon Medical Center. Footings and foundation work will be underway later this year or early 2013. Opening is slated for summer 2014.

“Since the first of this year, our team has been working to develop a relationship-based patient design that brings together the following aspects, including latest technologies, team-based practices, healing powers of nature, community service needs, people and history,” Vergos says. “We have been seeking input from our leaders and associates, board members, volunteers and the community.”

Patients and visitors will enter through a main entrance that gives the experience of entering one single, integrated medical center. Access to physician offices, medical imaging and laboratory services will be off the lobby to the right with rehab services to the left. Just off the lobby will be a dining area and outdoor patio area overlooking a pond.

“One of the most significant changes compared to the existing hospital is that surgery is moving to first floor, allowing easier access for patients coming to Ripon Medical Center for surgery,” according to Vergos. “This will effectively position surgery next to medical imaging and emergency department services since these areas interact often during the day.” 

A separate helipad will be located behind the hospital near the Emergency Department, and there will be a special looped driveway for ambulance traffic. While the new hospital will have a dedicated MRI unit within Medical Imaging, an external dock will exist for future technology additions.

The hospital’s first floor will feature mainly outpatient services, including provider offices, medical imaging, laboratory and emergency services. A separate entrance will be available for surgical patients and their families off Parkside Street with a separate entrance for departure along the Douglas Street side. Dedicated surgical parking will also be on hand. A meditation/reflection room will also be on the first floor.

On the second floor, all inpatient services will be located on the Douglas Street side, including two labor/delivery/recovery and postpartum rooms as part of the Women & Infants Unit, four Intensive Care Unit rooms (two which can will be acuity adaptable) to flex with Medical/Surgical volumes and inpatient care rooms. Inpatient pharmacy will be next to this area.        

“One of the unique aspects of our work is that the new design allows the opportunity where every department can expand independent of one another as growth needs dictate,” Vergos says. “There will be separate elevators for the public and associates to avoid cross traffic for supply runs, trash runs, etc. Materials Management is being positioned on the first floor close to its highest volume customers – the Emergency Department, surgery and laboratory.”                 

Ripon Medical Center departments are now meeting to design the specifics of their areas – flooring, walls, equipment, etc. As part of this process, the system is also evaluating the future use of the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic at 790 Eastgate Drive. It will become part of the Ripon Medical Center campus.      

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