Gundersen Health System’s new hospital will be named the Legacy Building, and the current facility will be called the Heritage Building.
“One of the things we were toying with was how to deal with the buildings and identify them without saying ‘old’ and ‘new,’” because that might discredit the present facility, said Jan DeHaan, Gundersen’s operations vice president.
Focus groups of staffers and patient advisory groups made several suggestions, including family names, DeHaan said.
Gundersen officials picked Heritage and Legacy because of the messages they convey, she said.
“Heritage is what has been in place and signified all the patients who have received care in our facility, and we’ve built this new hospital as a community legacy,” she said.
The names won’t be put on the buildings, as with Gundersen’s other structures, such as Founders Building, East Building and Clinic, she said.
The titles are intended more to help staff and visitors find their ways in the complex after Legacy opens to patients Jan. 19, she said.
“The fact remains, as we move into Legacy, important parts of patient care will remain in Heritage,” DeHaan said.
Parts of Heritage will be renovated, and some services, such as acute rehabilitation, will remain in Heritage, although final decisions haven’t been made on everything that will be in that building, she said.