New Medical Facility in Rural Wisconsin
Spooner Health System Upgrades
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It’s great news for the rural healthcare system in Wisconsin.
Spooner is building a new medical facility for the future.
As one of the largest employers in the city, it’s a cornerstone of the community.
During the summer months, it becomes all the more active with thousands of tourists making it their getaway.
The $28-million dollar project broke ground last fall north of town between Highway 53 and Highway 63.
The original Spooner Health System was built more than 40-years ago.
Instead of having land to expand on around the current building the area flourished into a residential neighborhood.
The medical facilities CEO, Michael Schafer said there are quite a few upgrades that need to be made.
The new two-story building will house an expanded ER.
Currently, the ER feels up and patients are forced to sit in the waiting room until they can be treated for their ailment.
That’s not all though, the new hospital will have private rooms to provide patients a better environment for healing.
Expanded rehabilitation services, including new equipment will also be added to better serve the community.
“I think it’s great for the community. The community is excited when you talk to people about it. Ensuring high quality health services is just paramount,” said Schafer.
Schafer is hopeful the increased space and more sound medical facility will increase the number of specialists able to visit Spooner Health System.
The new medical facility will open in May 2016.
The new construction isn’t expected to being a lot of jobs to the area, Schafer said maybe five or so will be added.