Increased demand for plastic surgery and the desire to keep up with cutting-edge technology has spurred a $15.3 million renovation and expansion project at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center.
Local demand for plastic surgery services has jumped over the last 30 years. Mercyhealth is responding by building a new plastic surgery facility on its Janesville campus, CEO Javon Bea said.
The facility will be the cornerstone of a set of renovations that will be completed over the next six to nine months.
Funding for the Janesville expansion comes from leftover money that had been earmarked for construction of the Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside in Rockford, Illinois.
Plastic surgery goes hand-in-hand with being a trauma center, Bea said. Patients who have birth defects or who have experienced traumatic accidents or major surgery make up the growing population of people who need services.
Plastic surgery, skin and laser patients currently are treated in a temporary modular clinic near the campus’ sports medicine building.
The new facility will offer patients more privacy, Bea said. The former plastic surgery space will be outfitted for surgical and radiography space.
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