Gundersen names new hospital building

2013-08-28T00:00:00Z 2013-08-28T06:11:26Z Gundersen names new hospital buildingBy MIKE TIGHE | La Crosse Tribune

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.

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(7) Comments

  1. Napoleon
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    Napoleon - August 28, 2013 2:32 pm
    oops, the Borg swallowed up the word "to" in my previous post: to the Legacy building.

    Q feeds the Enterprise to the Borg:
  2. Napoleon
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    Napoleon - August 28, 2013 2:28 pm
    Exactly. To clear up confusion between "new and old," they've created confusion by effectively naming the buildings "old and old."

    If I hadn't read this article and was asked to go the Legacy Building, I'd go to the old building, not the new one. Legacy implies old!

  3. common-cents
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    common-cents - August 28, 2013 2:11 pm
    Parking is terrible. They built a nice building and no parking.
    In the front of the hospital they have an area that could hold 200 cars, but they have
    a sidewalk and about $100,000 worth of landscaping.
    If I want to see grass and bushes, I have them at home, but when it comes to my healthcare
    I need a place to park so I don't die walking a block in 100 degree heat.
    Get a clue, you need more parking, not bushes.
  4. common-cents
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    common-cents - August 28, 2013 1:44 pm
    Parking is a joke, so what did they do , build this huge addition and not enough parking.
    The front of the hospital has a area that could hold 200 cars, but is a walkway and shrubs.
    Are you smoken Quack
  5. oz
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    oz - August 28, 2013 9:50 am
    I thought "legacy" was for old, previously existing stuff.

    More confusion.

    I prefer to call the entire complex "the borg."
  6. smalltownmom
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    smalltownmom - August 28, 2013 7:48 am
    You need another cup of coffee & some sweetener. You're a grumpy boy today. I thought the names were pretty nice!
  7. nels
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    nels - August 28, 2013 6:36 am
    they should have called it rat maze, much more fitting
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