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Marshfield Clinic-Minocqua Plans On Hold

Dean Acheson

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee has put a temporary hold on Marshfield Clinic’s plans to build a 12-bed skilled nursing facility adjacent to their ambulatory surgical suites in Minocqua.

The committee took citizen comment and quizzed medical leaders during a public hearing  this week. The committee voted to take up to six months to review information and arguments for and against the conditional use permit required for the 17,000-square-foot facility. The review period is backdated to June 2 – the date of the permit application filing.

Ministry Health Care / Howard Young Medical Center officials asked the committee to apply the brakes on the project for fear it would siphon so many surgeries from the hospital that it would cause a financial crisis for the Woodruff hospital. A Ministry Health Care official said they would like to partner with Marshfield Clinic on the proposed rehab and recovery center.

Marshfield Clinic’s  Dan Ramsey said they are focusing on lowering health care costs by staying current with how health care is provided nationwide, he said.

“The whole healthcare system around the country is evolving. We feel it’s very important for us to be part of that change, and stay current. Not only with Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield but throughout the whole system that we represent. Minocqua is equally important in that regard. Those advancements in new delivery models ought to be available here as well..."

The committee takes up the issue again August 5th, including setting a date for a decision.

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