Chartwell Breaks Ground on Expansion

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Cameron Bren
Chartwell President Don Powell swings a sledge hammer breaking drywall instead of the rain soaked ground on May 16. The company’s Middleton expansion will create more than 100 new jobs.

by Cameron Bren

MIDDLETON–Middleton based pharmacy and UW Health affiliate home health service provider Chartwell held its ground breaking ceremony May 16. Chartwell is moving to the former Globe University building on Deming Way. The company will renovate and expand at the site creating more than 100 new jobs.

President of Chartwell Wisconsin Don Powell said at the event that the company started in 1994 with six employees and one small clean room for compounding medications. Today the pharmacy program services over 700 patients daily and has 85 employees.

Powell said the renovated facility will have more than 53,000 square feet housing a pharmacy with three clean rooms. It will also house office and warehouse operations and a patient centered showroom and infusion center.

Chartwell will continue to service patients in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa and be able to serve more in those areas.

The company is merging with UW Home Healthcare Services at the new location which will more add 100 more employees to Chartwell’s operation.

“UW Health realizes that more and more care is delivered outside the walls of the hospital,” Powell said.

The new facility will include patient centered activities, home medical equipment, post-mastectomy specialty apparel and other home health products, he added.

“These services represent the wave of the future, moving services from inpatient facilities to outpatient and into the patients’ homes,” Powell said. “A patient’s home is where we all want to be when we are recovering, recuperating and it’s the lowest cost place to service.”

Mayor Gurdip Brar said he was pleased to see this type of growth in Middleton. 

“I want to do anything which we can do to keep the technology companies which are here and even bring more of them to Middleton, that would actually create a technology hub in all West Madison or in this whole area,” Brar said.

Brar said there was a lot to piece together in making the expansion a reality and thanked all parties involved for working together so well. 

The city approved $900,000 in TIF assistance for the project primarily for demolition costs, sustainability features and economic incentive for job creation. The TIF will be paid back at an 85 to 15 percent split with the majority being returned to the project and the rest to the TIF district. Chartwell purchased the building for a cost of $3,450,000.

“The city was very accommodative, we are happy to help,” Brar said. “This facility was empty for awhile, it was Globe University, and this will be a beautiful incarnation of what was there before,” Brar said.

Developer for the project Jeff Kraemer of Kraemer Development said it was rare to have the city approval process go as quickly as it did.

“In three short months we worked through the process which I think is almost unheard of with respect to a project this size and trying to do that in any other community would be tough,” Kraemer said.

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