New medical-surgical unit

Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland will soon begin construction at Barron on this facility for its inpatient hospital rooms in the medical/surgical department. According to Mayo, the project is expected to take one year to complete. In the meantime, patients will be treated in rooms that were once part of the facility’s nursing home. Artist’s rendering contributed

Construction will begin this winter for new inpatient hospital rooms in the Medical/Surgical Department at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, according to a press release by the Rochester, Minn-based organization.

The $4.9 million, 8,778-square-foot project will include 10 new rooms and feature expanded, state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly features for patients. Also during the same construction period, Mayo plans to build 5,600-square-foot “shell space” for future replacement of the hospital’s Family Birth Center unit.

“The new care environment will give patients, family members and staff ample space in a calm environment,” Rita Sullivan, vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, said.

“The current rooms in this part of the hospital were constructed in 1982 and do not meet the current needs of our patients, because they are very small and cannot accommodate medical equipment. The new rooms will be a benefit for our patients, their families and our employees.”

Each new patient room will include a private bathroom with safety rails, wheelchair accessibility and lift systems. The rooms will feature remotely controlled lights and temperature from a patient’s bed. The new rooms will also be large enough to accommodate some therapies and procedures without having to move the patient to a different location.

Sullivan said that the increased room size is the standard inpatient room size at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. 

“(It) will allow for some therapies and procedures in the room, as well as space for family members who want to participate in the patient’s care,” she said. “This is not possible in the current, smaller rooms.”

“The new unit will include a small, private area for discussions between family members and the care team,” Robert Peterson, M.D., Hospital Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, said.

“Currently, those conversations are held in the hall or the patient room, which is not ideal. The new arrangement will offer more space, privacy and comfort to the patients and their family members.”

During construction, patients in the Medical/Surgical Department will be cared for in the former nursing home rooms in the hospital.

Construction is expected to take about one year.

Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron cares for more than 500 hospitalized patients per year. In Barron County, Mayo facilities include the hospital and clinic in Barron, and clinics in Cameron, Chetek and Rice Lake.

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.