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Additional Info on the Project

• Construction of an estimated $66-million new hospital on Tomah’s south side is expected to be complete by fall 2019.

• The 40 acre site was purchased in May 2014 from Norman and Evelyn Randall, located adjacent to I-90 along Gopher Avenue.

• A new interchange off Hwy. 16 west of Tomah will link traffic with Goose Avenue and Gopher Avenue, and will act as the major routes into the hospital campus.

• Hospital staff and administration have been meeting with architects and designers from BWBR of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Market & Johnson of Eau Claire, on specific designs for the building since early 2016.

• Growing needs of the public are a major reason for a new hospital. Various patient-centered efficiencies are part of the new hospital design. Staff has been able to get a look at the layout of some departments thanks to six hospital rooms constructed in a rented area at Handishop Industries on Tomah’s north side

-Financing includes: 

  • - $35 -million loan from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities program*
      
    (*This is the largest USDA Rural Development loan that has ever been awarded in the State of Wisconsin.)
    - $13 -million tax-exempt loan from Associated Bank
    - $18.1 -million equity contribution from Tomah Health

• A wellness/community facility, including an indoor swimming pool, is not part of immediate plans unless a significant benefactor comes forward. Officials are still actively seeking partnerships to take on that part of the project.

• Officials from the Mayo Health System have declined to move on campus at this time, space may be considered at a future date.

• Since opening in 1952, the current hospital at 321 Butts Avenue has undergone building expansions in 1964, 1994 and 2004. However, the location no longer allows for future growth.

• There are no definitive plans for the existing hospital, but preliminary discussions have occurred with interested parties.

 

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