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Ascension Wisconsin has announced plans to build a $42 million medical center in Mount Pleasant to care for the medical needs of a rapidly expanding community in the shadow of the Foxconn Technology Group campus, also down the road in Mount Pleasant.

Projected to be larger than 80,000 square feet, the medical center will be built at the northeast corner of Highway 20 and Renaissance Boulevard. Planned facilities include a center for primary and specialty care, an imaging center, urgent care services, rehabilitation, occupational health and an ambulatory surgery center. Ascension says it plans to hire 100 new full-time and part-time employees to staff the center.

An existing building, the former Floortech retail location, will be razed, and construction of the new center will begin by the end of the year. Opening is expected in early 2020.

“We have a proud history of providing health care in Racine for more than 140 years and we recognize the importance of expanding our services to meet the community’s changing needs,” said Kristin McManmon, Ascension All Saints Hospital president, in a press statement. “This medical center will create more convenient and affordable access to services for our patients in the greater Racine area. This is about providing the right care, at the right place, at the right time.”

The location of the new Ascension medical center is less than two miles from the recently announced Advocate Aurora Health medical center. Announced in late May, Aurora said it will build a hospital, clinics and a medical office building. That hospital, near the Interstate 94 and Highway 20 exit, will offer a full slate of emergency and inpatient services.

This article has been updated to reflect a correction.

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