By Correne Martin
Plans were first announced in 2011 to build a cutting-edge, new medical facility in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital board then decided, after establishing a master faculty plan, that it wasn’t feasible to remodel its 58-year-old Taylor Street facility or add onto it for the 12th time. So land was purchased and sights were set on a new location at 37868 Highway 18, where a grandiose medical center, rebranded Crossing Rivers Health (CRH) in 2014, now welcomes people in from the south side of the community.
After years of preparation, last Thursday, June 11, was a highly-anticipated and precisely-orchestrated day for Crossing Rivers. It was moving day, from the outdated and landlocked old facility to the $50 million, 25-bed, 137,000-square-foot new facility. The three-day move, a majority of which happened Thursday, was something a hospital committee has been planning for about a year and a half.