Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Construction on the New Marshfield Hospital is complete, and now the finishing touches are being put into place.
As you recall, work began on the hospital nearly 1.5 years ago at the site of the old Plaza Hotel, off of Clairemont Avenue. Now, each room of the 44-bed facility is being prepared to open for patients and their families.
"We want people to look at the facility and go wow, this is a really beautiful place," said Marshfield Hospital's Chief Administrative Officer, Scott Polenz. "We're going to be doing open heart surgery, we'll be delivering babies, we'll do hip and knee replacements, bariatric replacements, high-end spine surgery, so it's a pretty unique concept."
Polenz also told News 18, the hospital will need over 300 employees to function.
"Right now we've hired about 225, 230 of those employees, 95 or so, of which are nurses, and we've hired a lot of different surgeons and a lot of physicians as well," Polenz said. "So, our hiring process has gone exceptionally well."
He also said this new hospital will be connected to the other buildings on the Marshfield campus.
"Our physicians are excited because they'll be on one campus, they can maybe be in the clinic seeing patients and come over and do surgery, or rounds on their hospital. So, integration is really important to us," Polenz said.
Marshfield's years of innovation is what Polenz said should excite the community about this hospital.
"For us to be able to add, where we do the clinic now and we have security health plan, now to bring in the inpatient side and bring it all together and create the best patient experience imaginable. High quality and affordability," said Polenz.
Right now, the goal is to have the hospital open its doors to patients on July 23.
"We'll open our emergency department, our surgeons will start doing surgeries, and if patients need to be seen on the (medical/surgical) floor, or babies delivered, we'll do it on that day," Polenz said.
On Thursday, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., the public is welcome to take a tour of the hospital. The tour is free and anyone is welcome to take it. Hospital officials will be on site to answer any questions you may have. For more details about the tour, click here.