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Mayo employees use virtual reality to plan for new La Crosse hospital



It may look like they’re playing video games, but staffers at Mayo in La Crosse are using virtual reality systems to help plan Mayo’s new hospital, which will open toward the end of 2024.

Workers in several departments can view room plans through the special goggles, and make suggestions to the construction team. 

The goggles give viewers a 3-D image of what areas of the new hospital would look like, from windows to cabinets and drawers.

WIZM’s Brad Williams puts on the virtual reality headset for a 3-D image of what new rooms at Mayo might look like.

Nick Worden is a supervisor on the construction project, and he says the virtual views are an improvement over old-fashioned blueprints.

“A lot of people struggle looking at a floor plan view of things,” says Worden, “and then going, okay, if I’m standing here taking care of patient, or baby, how much room do I have around me?”

On Monday, Mayo staffers examined 3-D mockups of patient rooms or baby delivery areas.

The new Mayo site is about 15 per cent complete, with concrete walls being poured now.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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