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Construction To Begin On New Hospital In Minocqua

Marshfield Clinic Health Systems

Marshfield Clinic Health Systems has announced it will begin construction soon on a 72,000 square foot hospital attached to its existing clinic in Minocqua.

Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Melms says initially, the facility was designed to be one floor, that has changed...

"..It has changed a little bit in configuration from the last time people would have heard about this. Initially our design was for a single-story hospital. This will now be 72,000 square feet on two floors. It will match our existing building which is, of course, two floors..."

The new hospital will have 12 private patient rooms, a birthing center with 4 private patient rooms for labor and delivery and other related rooms, a full surgical suite and an emergency department, imaging and lab space, radiology and pharmacy. Dr. Melms says it will be a full-service community hospital. A long debate arose when Marshfield Clinic initially proposed the new hospital, challenged by Ascension-Howard Young Medical Center just across the street. Oneida county approved the conditional use permit last February.

Melms says this is the trend in health care... "....This is medicine in the 21st century, essentially. Large health systems, moderate sized health systems are moving toward care integration. What that means is having the facility, the staff, the physicians and other providers all under the same umbrella...."

Melms did not disclose the projected cost of the facility. Construction is expected to begin in a few weeks.

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