Ministry Medical Group Celebrates Start of Construction of Westwood Clinic in Wausau
Ministry Health Care leaders and community members joined together on September 10 to hold a Blessing Ceremony to formally mark the start of construction of Ministry Medical Group’s newest location on Wausau’s west side.
The 48,000-square-foot Westwood Clinic, located on Westwood Center Boulevard adjacent to the Highway 51/Bridge Street Interchange, is a major component of Ministry Health Care’s effort to expand healthcare services to the Wausau area and other locations along the I-39 corridor.
“By this time next year, the Westwood Clinic will become the 47th location in our system of care throughout Wisconsin,” said Ministry Medical Group President, Bob Sookochoff, MD. “This project represents a significant commitment to the community by Ministry Health Care and Ministry Medical Group and allows us to expand our footprint in the greater Wausau area.”
The Westwood Clinic will feature primary and specialty care as well as a full complement of diagnostic imaging, laboratory, physical and occupational therapy services.
The new Westwood Clinic provides another access point to the Ministry Health Care system in concert with existing operations at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston and Ministry Medical Group locations in Weston and Rib Mountain.
Additional planning is underway to identify prime locations for several smaller Ministry Medical Group neighborhood clinics to further increase access to services. The Neighborhood Clinics will be supported by advanced services from Ministry Saint Clare’s and the Westwood Clinic.
“These projects all share a common goal of improving quality and the patient experience,” said Mike Hanson, chief operating officer, Ministry Medical Group.
Hanson noted that Ministry teams spend months, if not years, planning for new spaces before putting a shovel in the ground. “We gather input from current patients, area residents and key members of the community to help design both the facility and services offered at a clinic site. This ensures programs and services the community needs and enables us to provide compassionate, personalized care to all we serve in environments that support improved workflows and greater levels of satisfaction for both patients and staff.”
Key highlights of the Westwood Clinic design include convenient parking, access to primary and specialty care with diagnostic services in one building, a tranquil environment with an abundance of natural light, a respect for privacy with best-in-class acoustical design, patient exam rooms focused on the patient experience and collaborative clinical team areas designed for quick access to exam rooms by clinical personnel.
Ghidorzi Construction of Wausau is the general contractor for the project.
Published November 2015