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New ambulance spot among Aspirus upgrades in Wisconsin Rapids

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Aspirus Riverview Hospital will have more room for hospital transportation in addition to its expanded space for new moms.

The hospital's $25 million project, which also includes upgrading the family birthplace and the emergency department, has been in the works since Aspirus purchased Riverview Hospital in early 2015.

The new garage will be constructed on an empty lot directly east of the main parking lot, near the corner of Dewey Street and Hill Street. It will house two ambulances, according to an Aspirus spokeswoman.

The ambulances will not make city calls, Taylor said, but will transport patients to others hospitals in the area when necessary.

According to design plans from the project architect, Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects, the garage will be designed to resemble the surrounding properties in order to "maintain the residential feel of the area."

Taylor said ambulance drivers will be cognizant of the surrounding neighborhoods and will delay turning on sirens until they leave the residential area.

She said the garage is on track to be finished in June.

In addition to the ambulance garage, Aspirus announced in 2016 that the family birthplace would be upgraded with 10 hotel-like suites and the emergency department would be expanded to offer more privacy for patients and a better layout for medical crews, according to a 2016 press release.

Taylor said Monday those projects are on schedule to be completed by early 2019.

Aspirus is a Wausau-based company that owns eight hospitals and 50 clinics throughout central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 

Melissa Siegler
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

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