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UW Health board announces major expansion projects at University Hospital and East Madison Hospital locations

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UW Health’s board of directors announced on Friday that it has approved expansion projects at two of its buildings — adding a new, six-story building to the University Hospital and expanding the East Madison Hospital.

The expansion at University Hospital will include 22 emergency department rooms, 22 flexible care beds and 48 inpatient rooms and will be located between the UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building, 1685 Highland Ave., and University Hospital, according to a press release from UW Health. The East Madison Hospital expansion will include six operating rooms, 40 recovery rooms, 20 rooms for post-anesthesia care, 14 flexible care rooms, 20 emergency department rooms and four care rooms that can be shared between the emergency department and medical imaging.

According to Dr. Peter Newcomer, chief operating officer of UW Health, these expansion plans are part of a larger initiative to meet the growing demands for hospital services and patient needs.

“We have an opportunity to meet the needs of these patients, but to do that, we need to grow,” Dr. Newcomer said in the statement. “This growth will also allow us to continue to serve our current patients more effectively as this exciting work will improve the flow through our health system for all patients.

“Whether it’s our emergency rooms, our operating rooms, our hospitals or our outpatient care facilities, they are all very busy today with the challenge of thousands of new patients on the horizon,”  he added.

Pending all local government approvals, construction on both projects is expected to be completed sometime in 2026. Dietz Decorative Concrete – Concrete Contractors in Buffalo NY is available for construction projects with the need for concrete mixing and pouring.