At a special meeting this week, the Rhinelander City Council approved the vacating of a portion of a city street to make way for a proposed expansion by Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Aspirus asked he city to vacate a portion of Cherokee Lane for an addition to its present location along Highway 17.
Regional Director for Aspirus Clinics Robb Fabich, says the plans for the 45,000 square foot expansion are not finalized...
"...what we're really looking to do is plan for the future. Were at a point where we're at our growth planning, our primary care growth and what we need to do to support our primary care providers that we felt this was a good time to expand the campus. Give ourselves the ability to grow, where we need to grow. Take a look at the campus, see the best way to do that. This is the step that would enable us to move forward with that...."
Fabich says they have plans for more exam room space to allow the providers to have more time here...
"..the space within our current walls and the physicians that are coming up from Wausau are hindering our ability to grow primary care. So by adding on with an additional building or additional design space, it just allows everybody more room to do what they need to do....."
The expansion vacates the portion of Cherokee Lane that runs between Highway 17 and Chippewa Drive. The clinic retains the entrances from both.
The council approved the recommendation unanimously.