Children's Wisconsin beams with pride as progress is made on new emergency and trauma center

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Children's Wisconsin is celebrating the new emergency department and trauma center that is underway at the hospital. You can see construction taking place with a lot of metal beams, but a very special metal beam was placed on Friday, Aug. 26.

This beam was signed by patients, their families and staff. It's a symbol of the need and importance of a new, modern emergency and trauma department. 

That same family and staff was there when the beam was lifted in to place. To celebrate, Children's Wisconsin had construction toys and robots for kids to play with. 

The new building will be called the Skywalk Building. It will have 16 more rooms than the current space and it will have features the current hospital doesn't have. 

"We’ve been working out of a space that’s been in place since 1988 and we’re ready to move into a bigger brighter more accessible space that allows to serve the children and families of Wisconsin," said Amy Drendel the medical director of the emergency department. 

Construction is expected to be done by late 2023. Children's Wisconsin is the leading pediatric hospital in the state. 

"We serve hundreds of children every day. Yesterday we saw 200 kids in our emergency department," said Drendel. 

You can spot the new beam by the tree attached to the top of it. 


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