Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua breaks ground on hospital expansion

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For Chief Tomahawk

MINOCQUA – Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua broke ground on a 45,000 square foot hospital expansion on Thursday, May 19, according to a statement from the Marshfield Clinic Health System.

Photo courtesy of Marshfield Clinic.

According to the statement, the new wing of the hospital will increase the number of inpatient rooms from 19 to 31, including six intensive care unit rooms, improve emergency and emergency care, expand the pharmacy, expand respiratory therapy services, increase the size of family waiting areas and allow more parking space for the hospital and clinic.

“We opened this hospital just two years ago, at the start of the pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Schaars, vice president of medical affairs. “We then saw a need in the community and made a promise to the Minocqua region to bring best in class health care to the Northwoods. Today, we rely on that promise.

The statement said that since the opening of Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua in June 2020, the healthcare system has:

  • Treated and discharged over 2,000 patients from the hospital.
  • Performed nearly 7,500 outpatient surgeries.
  • Hosted 13,600 emergency room visits.
  • Delivered over 450 babies.
  • Performed over 25,000 COVID-19 tests and administered approximately 13,000 COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Has expanded its services to over 25 specialties, including world-class advanced cancer care, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, pulmonology, neurology, urology and more.
  • Earned a Level III trauma designation with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • Launched new critical care transport ambulances licensed to serve our patients in Minocqua and Park Falls, staffed 24/7 with critical care level paramedics and nurses, the highest standard of care recognized by the State of Wisconsin.
  • Built a garage and dormitory dedicated to intensive care transport ambulances to fully support our transport team.
  • Opened a new Air Medical Base in Rhinelander to serve the entire Northwoods region, enhancing the ability to meet the airlift needs of our critically ill patients throughout the region.

“In addition, an expanded campus allows for more specialized patient care in northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan,” the Marshfield Clinic said.

“With great partners at HGA, BOLDT, JSD and PGA, we are bringing a state-of-the-art healthcare facility to the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods,” said Ty Erickson, Chief Administrative Officer. “This is an accomplishment not just for the health system, but for the entire Minocqua region.”

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