Mercy Walworth expansion on track

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Kevin Hoffman
Friday, May 20, 2011
— Mercy Health System expects the largest section of its multimillion-dollar expansion in Walworth County to be completed by October after avoiding major setbacks over the winter.

Construction workers recently began building on the west side of the hospital, where the surgical department is being expanded. On the east wing, crews are in the home stretch of the project’s main component—additional in-patient space, delivery and nursery rooms, clinical space and a pharmacy.

Jeni Hallatt, director of Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center, said the project remains on its original timeline despite a messy winter. The hospital, located at the intersection of highways 50 and 67 near Williams Bay, began its $45 million expansion last summer. Plans are to more than triple the hospital’s space to 200,000 square feet.

A sleep disorders lab, cafeteria and chapel are included in the design.

“Mercy’s expansion plans are part of our overall commitment to bring the best care and services close to those who need it,” Javon Bea, president and CEO of Mercy Health System, said in a written statement.

“We’ve listened to our community and what they want,” he said. “These proactive changes reflect that feedback and are a culmination of many years of planning, hard work and dedication, and represent our commitment to our community, and the people we care for. We want what’s best for Walworth County.”

Hallatt said the hospital soon would begin recruiting some of the 70 full-time positions that come with the expansion. Those include nurses and food and environmental workers, she said.

Hallatt expects most of the construction to be done by 2013, but the hospital will continue to make interior modifications.

The Walworth County expansion is one of several ongoing projects by Janesville-based Mercy Health System. Its also is spending $2 million to expand its clinic in Edgerton, $10 million to expand its hospital in Janesville and about $10 million to expand and equip its clinic on Janesville’s east side.

Mercy announced plans for a $200 million hospital and medical center in Crystal Lake, Ill. If approved by the state, the Illinois project could begin later this year.

Last updated: 5:10 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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