As seen in the Hudson Star-Observer on April 24, 2014:
More specialists will be available locally
The new Medical Office Building on the campus of Hudson Hospital & Clinic is teaming with activity as workers race to put the finishing touches on it prior to the Tuesday, April 29 opening. The weekend prior to the opening saw equipment moved by a moving company and all staff moved into the two-level 41,000 square foot building attached to the hospital. “We’re really excited to be able to expand our services in this community,” said Pat Cooksey, the hospital’s business development and marketing director. “Our vision is to provide the care that people need, locally.”
When the campus on Stageline Road was built 11 years ago, Hudson Hospital collaborated with HealthPartners to provide a Specialty Clinic in the new building. Hudson Hospital & Clinic officially joined HealthPartners in 2009. With the opening of the Medical Office Building, the number of specialties and services offered in Hudson will expand.
“Now that we are part of HealthPartners, we are able to tap into HealthPartners to provide high-quality specialist here in Hudson without having to try to find our own or ask independent groups to come in,” Cooksey said. “It really gives us access to a lot more specialist than we have had in the past.” St. Croix Orthopaedics now occupies about a quarter of the ground level of the Medical Office Building. Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin and Hudson Hearing Clinic are other care partner tenants.
The Specialty Clinic, with more than 20 different providers, has moved to the second floor of the new building. The clinic nearly doubled in size and now has close to 7,000 square feet of space for its specialist including cardiologist, oncologists, a urologist, a plastic surgeon and more. Also located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building are the hospital’s Outpatient Procedure Center, Respiratory Therapy, Rehabilitation Center, Physical Therapy (including occupational, hand therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, speech therapy and a large fitness center). The Fitness Center will be significantly larger than the hospital’s current center, allowing more community and employee memberships. People coming in multiple times a week for therapy will have a parking area reserved for them at the back of the building.
The Internal Medicine Clinic and Chemotherapy and Infusion Center will be located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building, along with the Specialty Clinic and a new Fitness & Wellness Studio. There is a separate check-in desk and waiting area for chemotherapy patients, who are susceptible to infections, so they won’t have to mingle with sick people while waiting to see doctors. Hudson Hospital & Clinic has an agreement with Children’s Hospital that allows pediatric patients to receive their chemotherapy in Hudson after the initial treatment at the Minneapolis clinic. The Medical Office Building has seven or eight comfortable infusion rooms with interesting views and large flat-screen televisions.
After the move to the Medical Office Building is completed, the second phase of the hospital's building project will begin in earnest. Hudson Physicians OB/GYNs and women's programs will move to the second-floor space of the hospital being vacated by the Specialty Clinic.
The current conference room and cafeteria area of the hospital will be gutted and rebuilt as an outpatient and inpatient pharmacy, a sleep center, a provider lounge, a larger conference room and an expanded cafeteria and kitchen.
the hospital will hold a grand opening in October, after the entire project is completed.
The hospital broke ground for the Medical Office Building in November 2012. It has taken four months longer than planned to complete largely because of delays in getting state approval for construction plans. Perkins + Will, a large international architectural firm, designed the building. McGough Construction, headquartered in St. Paul, is the general contractor.
The look and feel of the new building and its surroundings reflect Hudson Hospital & Clinic's philosophy of providing a healing environment for patients. "The new building is a continuation of our campus vision - connecting people, processes and technology to support healing," according to the hospital media fact sheet. The exterior design and finishes are intended to complement the existing campus. "It's the same color palette as we have used in the hospital," Cooksey said of the new building Greens and browns reflect plants and earth, with some blues and rust for water, sky and fire. "It's earth tones," Cooksey said.
Feng Shui principles were adopted for simplicity and way-finding. The building has curved hallways; soft, indirect lighting; and an inviting, warm, quiet atmosphere. There are large windows throughout, including in exam and procedure rooms.
A water feature underneath the stairway to the second level was created as part of the emphasis to bring nature inside.