Written by Tom Daykin Dec 8, 2021, 2:27 p.m. CT NEWS PROVIDED BY: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A micro-hospital planned for Milwaukee’s far south side has won a key city approval.
Houston-based Nutex Health Inc. wants to develop a 22,073-square-foot hospital at 1801-1909 W. Layton Ave., just west of I-94.
The hospital would have six to eight inpatient beds and eight to 10 emergency room beds, according to a filing with the Board of Zoning Appeals.
That filing said the micro-hospital would cost $13 million to develop and have 50 employees. It would serve 10 to 40 patients a day.
The board has granted a special-use permit for the Nutex facility. The development is supported by Ald. Scott Spiker, whose district includes the planned hospital site.
“This is a good use for the area,” Spiker said at the recent board meeting. “It can serve a real need.”
Nutex plans to begin construction in late spring, with the hospital to open in the first half of 2023, said Willie Hoag of Tether Advisors, the project’s real estate consultant.
Founded in 2011, Nutex operates micro-hospitals in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Indiana.
Micro-hospitals are part of the broader trends of providing care closer to where people live and in less costly settings than acute care hospitals.
They are considered an option for some patients who require relatively basic care, such as those who are dehydrated or who have pneumonia.
Southeastern Wisconsin micro-hospitals includeAscension Wisconsin’s facility, with an emergency room and eight inpatient beds, that opened last year in Menomonee Falls.
The Nutex facility would be developed on part of a vacant parcel owned by an affiliate of Wichita, Kansas-based WoodSpring Suites, an extended-stay hotel chain.
The Common Council in 2018 rejected a license application for a WoodSpring hotel at the 1801 W. Layton site after objections from then-Ald. Terry Witkowski and nearby homeowners.
The first Milwaukee WoodSpring Suites is under development south of West Bradley Road and east of North 124th Street on the far northwest side.