Children’s Wisconsin wants to add mental and behavioral health and primary care services to the south side of Milwaukee, building off the urgent care service it has operated in the area for the past 20 years.
To support the expansion, Children’s Wisconsin and its developer, ICAP Development, has started the process with the City of Milwaukee to purchase the former Milwaukee Public Library Forest Home location at 1432 W. Forest Home Ave. The process includes sharing why a new building is necessary, rezoning the property for medical use and getting the sale approved by the Milwaukee Common Council.
“The clinic will be in the zip code that has the highest density of children in the state,” said Mary Sisney, vice president of Primary Care at Children’s Wisconsin. “This location is ideal for families being close to numerous schools, being on a bus line and providing ample parking. We are excited to relocate and expand to best serve families in this neighborhood.”
To accommodate the additional services, the former library would need to be demolished and a new 18,000-square-foot clinic would be built. Children’s Wisconsin and the developer spent six months exploring the possibility of renovating the former library, but the existing condition, size and construction of the building does not make it possible.
For more than 20 years, Children’s Wisconsin has operated an urgent care clinic at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. Children’s Wisconsin has closed that urgent care as the space is not able to accommodate new care guidelines due to COVID-19. Before the closure, this location was one of the busiest of all of Children’s Wisconsin urgent care locations.
In addition to urgent care, Children’s Wisconsin serves the near south side with school nurses and two community navigators, as well as many residents being members of various health insurance plans Children’s Wisconsin offers through Children’s Community Health Plan.