Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare built a new Family Care Center (FCC) that opened to the public on Monday, July 2, 2012. The new FCC will continue to be the teaching site for the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency Program, a partnership with The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. The former building at 2400 W. Villard in Milwaukee was determined to be a total loss after the area flooded on July 22, 2010. The new facility is located on the same campus where the hospital stood, but at a significantly higher site than the former location to prevent flooding issues in the future. The remaining campus will be turned into green space surrounding the new Family Care Center.
Construction on the $6.6 million single story building began in the fall of 2011 and was completed in the spring of 2012. The building allows for program expansion with 25,000 square feet, which is 7,000 square feet larger than the former building. The new Family Care Center has 32 exam rooms, 3 procedure rooms, physician offices, hi-tech conference rooms, and our very own garden that supply fruits and vegetables to be used in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen that is hosting many different cooking classes for our patients. Flad Architects have completed work on the new site using the principles of patient centered medical home to guide the design.
“The Family Care Center has met an important need in the community with high-quality innovative family medicine for nearly four decades. We are thrilled to make this commitment to continue and even expand outstanding primary care services to an underserved population in an area with a shortage of primary care,” said Debra Standridge, President of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s North Market.