Kenosha County Eye has received several emails, phone calls and even sat down with some staff members of Kenosha’s downtown hospital, Froedtert South. They all say the same thing. “There is a big change coming.” We have heard allegations including the entire facility being shut down, only the Emergency department being kept open, and in the worst-case scenario, an urgent-care type facility only.
Kenosha City administrator John Morrissey told KCE that his office, which includes the Mayor, is aware of the possibility of the hospital changing to an urgent care center. Morrissey said the City Administration and the City’s Fire Chief are frustrated at the possibility of losing an emergency department and hospital on the City’s east side. The income level near and around Froedtert South is generally much lower than on the City’s west side, some 7 miles west of Froedtert South, or about a 17 minute car ride (according to google maps). On the west side of the City, there are two hospitals, Froedtert St. Catherine’s and Aurora. Morrissey said that while he has confidence in the City’s highly trained EMS system, that is comprised of EMTs and many paramedics, he said that the City clearly hopes that the final decision to close the fully functional hospital is scrapped.
Froedtert VP Responds
KCE reached out to Froedtert South’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Tom Duncan who told us “there is so much that is being floated around that simply is not true.” Duncan said that he will be issuing a statement Friday at noon to clear up any false rumors.
We will let you know what is announced tomorrow.