Micro hospitals are the next big thing in healthcare

BELLEVUE, Wisconsin (WBAY) – People in our area will soon have a few more options when it comes to their healthcare. Small, community-based hospitals are planned in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and just outside Green Bay.

In the village of Bellevue, the teams lay the foundation stone for one of these micro-hospitals. When it opens, it will provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“The hospitals of the future will meet patients where care is needed,” said Tom Arquilla, Chief Strategy Officer of ThedaCare.

Crews are turning a Bellevue parking lot at 2465 Monroe Rd., adjacent to a McDonald’s and a Costco, into what some call a micro-hospital. It is one of at least three planned for northeastern Wisconsin.

“It’s really cutting edge. It’s a way for people to access the care they need — the services they need — that’s convenient and close to home,” Arquilla said.

Nutex Health of Texas is behind the Bellevue development. A village manager says the building will house emergency services, but that’s not all.

“It’s still a hospital. They have other beds for planned plans – imaging, other MRI parts, general care of other people who need support,” Benjamin Krumenauer said.

As we previously reported, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services reported that 75% of US children’s hospital beds were occupied in October.

Krumenauer is grateful that the people in Bellevue will soon have another care option.

“Every bed, every facility, every opportunity that residents have is just a win for everyone. In this case, additional beds and more space in the emergency room can help our community and the larger area for it,” said the village administrator.

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Fond du Lac and Oshkosh will join Bellevue with their own community-focused health campuses. ThedaCare and Froedert Health are working together to make it a reality.

“This is really high quality, very conveniently located care that can really save patients and families from having to travel or have to wait long to be seen,” said Mark Behl, executive vice president of Froedert Health.

ThedaCare says people living on the east side of Oshkosh will be less than a 15-minute drive to an emergency room.

“Sometimes you have long waiting times. They have complex campuses that patients have to navigate. This is an opportunity for us to bring care closer to where people live and work,” Behn said.

ThedaCare’s chief strategy officer believes we’ll see more small hospitals popping up in the future.

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