IEI named contractor for Oconto Hospital expansion project


OCONTO – Oconto Hospital & Medical Center named IEI General Contractors, Inc., as the contractor on its upcoming expansion project.

This latest development comes on the heels of the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center’s announcement of plans to expand its facility at 820 Arbutus Ave., Oconto.

The hospital and medical center will expand from 11,000-square-feet to more than 50,000-square-feet and is scheduled for completion in summer of 2012.

Green Bay-based Somerville, Inc., is serving as the project’s architect.

The selection of IEI, 1725 Midway Road, De Pere, as the contractor will result in the addition of approximately 40-50 jobs to the local community – roughly one-third of all construction workers on the project. Green Bay-based Bellin Health, which operates the hospital and medical center in partnership with the Oconto Hospital Citizens’ Foundation, asked that the contractor draw a percentage of its labor force from the Oconto area.

“We’re also pushing for all other project contractors and sub-contractors to use local labor,” said Kevin Hanson, IEI project manager.

Overall, the hospital and medical center expansion project is expected to account for nearly $26 million in economic activity, according to Laura Cormier, vice president of operations at the hospital and medical center.

“This project is an example of the good things that are happening in the city of Oconto and of the things that can be achieved when we partner together to improve the overall health and wellness of our community,” she said.

The current facility was built in 2005 as a partnership between the Citizens’ Foundation and Bellin. The facility offers emergency care, therapy, diagnostic services (CT, X-ray, ultrasound, and laboratory), designated hours of urgent care, sleep study, telemedicine, inpatient and swing bed care (hospital beds that can be used either for acute care or long-term care), and other basic services.

The hospital and medical center serves 7,000 patients annually. That number is expected to rise to 16,000 patients as a result of the expansion project.

With the expansion, the hospital and medical center plans to offer additional services at the local level. Those include:
• Primary care clinic
• Outpatient surgery
• Colonoscopy and other gastrointestinal services
• Cardiac echograms and stress testing
• Expanded infusion care, including chemotherapy
• Expanded behavioral health services
• Specialist services including orthopedics, cardiology, gynecology, ophthalmology, general surgery, ENT, urology and oncology

About Oconto Hospital & Medical Center
The Oconto Hospital & Medical Center, in partnership with the Bond Community Center, offers an array of programs and activities to help meet the community’s broader health and social needs. Such programs include educational outreach, health screenings and support groups as well as free clinics and vaccinations.

About Bellin Health
Bellin Health,, is an integrated health care delivery system based in Green Bay, Wis. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 29 Bellin Health Family Medical Center primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization with more than 200 specialty physician members, the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Bellin Fitness Center with four locations, and Bellin College. With its 3,080 employees, Bellin Health is known for its emphasis on preventive health care and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine.

About the Oconto Hospital Citizens’ Foundation
The Oconto Hospital Citizens’ Foundation is a partner with Bellin Health in the ownership of the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center. The Citizens’ Foundation is designed to secure long-range financial stability and establish hospital board governance through the people of Oconto. This partnership arrangement ensures part ownership of the hospital remains local. Local governance assures decision-making that best serves the interests of Oconto. There are 22 local citizens serving as board members of the foundation. Dr. John Honish serves as president of the foundation board. The foundation will be kicking off a capital campaign and gift request to support the expansion project.