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The latest piece of downtown redevelopment tied to the Milwaukee Bucks arena comes next week with the opening of a new health clinic, a facility that includes a street level fast care walk-in clinic.
The $10 million Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin McKinley Health Center, 1271 N. 6th St., opens Nov. 16.
As with other parts of the Bucks-related developments, the Froedtert clinic was constructed and will be open a little more than one year after the project was announced. The Bucks paid for the three-story, 37,000-square-foot building and are leasing the facility to Froedtert.
Exam rooms and a physical therapy rehab facility include large windows offering panoramic views of McKinley Blvd. and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The clinic hopes to serve a diverse group of patients from the new developments in the Pabst complex just to the west, along with the Hillside housing complex and residents of the Moderne building a few blocks away.
"Our primary goal is to establish our connection to the community," said project manager Jamie Robers.
"Making a significant, sustainable difference in the health and quality of life of Milwaukeeans is central to our mission as a health care organization and a corporate citizen," Froedtert President and CEO Cathy Jacobson said in a statement.
"With this health center, we improve access to care right where people live and work, and we help connect them to the deep expertise of the Froedtert & MCW academic medical center if advanced care is needed."
In addition to the walk-in facility, the clinic will offer primary care, podiatry, orthopedics, sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Radiology and laboratory services also will be offered.
It's Froedtert's first downtown clinic and is tied to the organization's role as a "founding partner" for the Bucks arena project. The Bucks believe development of the clinic deepens the team's connections to the community and demonstrates that the arena project is not just centered on pro basketball.
Froedtert and the Medical College paid an undisclosed amount for the naming rights to the Buck's new practice facility, which stands just to the south and is connected to the clinic's upper level. The $31 million practice facility - also paid for by the Bucks - opened in August.
The Bucks say the clinic provides the team with the convenience of having services such as radiology next to the practice facility. The team believes the practice facility, packed with amenities, will be a strong player recruiting tool.
The new clinic will employ about 30 people, including five physicians, Robers said.
Last week, the Bucks opened a $40 million parking ramp that's tied to the new arena. Still under construction is the entertainment block, a three-building complex that will include a brewery, restaurants and other businesses on the east side of the arena.
The clinic is just north and across N. 6th St. from the new $524 million arena the Bucks are building. The arena, built with $250 million in public money, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
Froedtert will hold a community open house at the clinic from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday.
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