New hospital springing up

The new hospital in Prairie du Chien has started to spring up since the ground breaking ceremony on June 10. The general contractor for the new hospital is Market & Johnson, which has offices in Eau Claire and La Crosse. The architect is BWBR Architects, which has offices in St. Paul, Minn. and Madison, Wis. The hospital is projected to cost $50 million. According to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Dave Breitbach, in the long term, the United States Department of Agriculture has committed a $32.4 million direct loan for the new hospital. Peoples State Bank of Prairie du Chien, acting as lead bank in a syndicate of community banks, has committed $7.6 million in bank qualified, tax exempt bonds. Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital has committed $10 million. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

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