LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – In about a week, the new Gundersen Health System Legacy Building will open for patient care.
This weekend, staff is giving the public a preview of the updated facility.
More space, more privacy and state-of-the-art equipment are just some of the features that the community got to see first-hand Saturday.
"Oh it's wonderful," said Carole Myhre, who's excited about the additional space. Her last stay at Gundersen was for emergency surgery, and it was crowded.
"I was in ICU an extra day because there wasn't room on the right floor for me," Myhre said. "And that would never happen now with all the extra rooms and stuff like that."
In fact, the department with standard patient rooms is six times larger in the new building compared to the old one, according to Gundersen staff. And patients get their own room.
"It's pretty impressive," chimed-in Doug Myhre.
"I'm a retired engineer and spent 20 years as a computer consultant, software developer – so the technology is pretty neat."
The operating rooms have cameras that allow for doctor consults without the surgeon leaving the room.
Also the lights in the operating rooms don't cast a shadow.
It will also be easier for patients to contact nurses. A controller at the patient's bed can tell the nurse what that patient needs.
Around 12:30 p.m. the wait for a guided tour of the Legacy Building was about 45 minutes.
By the end of the day, more than 4,500 people toured the facility.
There will be another preview event Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Legacy Building opens for patient care Sunday, Jan. 19.
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