POSSIBLE HOSPITAL ACQUISITION: Marshfield Clinic Health System and Memorial Hospital Inc. signed a letter of intent to provide more accessible quality health care services to the Neillsville community through an affiliation partnership. The signing of the letter of intent signals the start of a due diligence period to finalize terms of the acquisition with a goal of completing the transaction by June 30.
The two organizations have worked collaboratively for decades. Currently, six Marshfield Clinic specialties are active at Memorial Medical Center, with radiology most recently added.
“This new partnership builds on more than three decades of collaboration between our two organizations and signals a future of health care in Clark County where patients will have even greater access to care delivered where, when and how they want it,” said Dr. Susan Turney, Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO. “Combining our growing hospital presence in this region with our expert care providers and renowned health plan also represents another important step as we continue to build a fully-integrated system of care throughout the communities we serve.”
This affiliation supports the construction of a new $40 million medical, surgical and outpatient clinic in Neillsville. The current medical center was built in 1954. The new center will further enable the two organizations in providing more accessible health care services to the community.
“This new level of partnership will enhance health care in Clark County by increasing coordination of one system in the delivery of care, providing a location for Marshfield Clinic to provide additional specialty care and aligns Clark County’s largest health insurer, Security Health Plan, with a local presence,” said Memorial Medical Center CEO Ryan Neville.
Memorial Medical Center also will continue its partnership with Sniteman Pharmacy, the Art of Optometry and Neillsville Care and Rehab.
The two organizations aren’t releasing the specific terms of the affiliation.
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URGENT CARE OPENING: Prevea Health is pleased to announce Prevea Altoona Urgent Care, 3085 Meadowlark Lane, will open for patient care on Monday, April 2.
Prevea Altoona Urgent Care will be available to assist people with minor injuries and illnesses seven days a week — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays — with no appointment necessary.
Common urgent care conditions include cold or flu symptoms, earaches, sprains, minor fractures, cuts, infections and asthma. Lab and X-ray services also will be available at Prevea Altoona Urgent Care.
The public is welcome to tour the new facility, meet the providers and enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, refreshments and giveaways at an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. A ribbon-cutting will be at 4 p.m.
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OPEN HOUSE: Prevea Health invites the community to an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the Prevea Mondovi Health Center, 250 Highway 37.
The Prevea Mondovi Health Center offers routine health care for people of all ages with family medicine, women’s care, physical therapy, laboratory and radiology services. It is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 715-717-3870.
During the open house, the public can tour the health center, meet the providers and enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, refreshments and giveaways.
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CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN: Registration is open for Camp Wabi, a typical summer camp, but with a slight twist.
The camp is for kids entering sixth through 10th grades who want to achieve a healthy weight. In addition to swimming in a lake and singing by the campfire, Wabi campers receive healthy lifestyle coaching for one hour a day by specialists in nutrition, behavior therapy, psychology and exercise physiology. Kids also participate in traditional camp activities, such as canoeing, fishing and kayaking, in addition to choosing from hobbies, such as arts and crafts, archery, basketball, cooking and dancing.
Mayo Clinic Health System and the YMCA of Eau Claire joined together in 2011 to offer Camp Wabi on Long Lake, near New Auburn, as a way to address the growing childhood obesity problem. In the U.S., obesity has quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, nearly 21 percent of adolescents were obese, up from 5 percent in 1980.
Camp Wabi runs from Aug. 5 to 12. For information, call 715-836-8460, go to campwabi.org or stop in at the Eau Claire YMCA, 700 Graham Ave. Financial assistance is available.
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For the three-month period ending Dec. 31, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department received reports of 162 cases of chlamydia.DISEASE REPORT:
During that same period, 26 cases of E. coli, pathogenic, 25 cases of gonorrhea and 13 cases of hepatitis C were reported.
Other communicable diseases reported between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 were nine cases of Lyme disease; eight influenza hospitalizations; seven cases each, mycobacterium (non-tuberculous) and streptococcal disease (groups A and B), invasive; six cases each of campylobacter and salmonella; five cases, anaplasmosis; four cases each, cryptosporidium and giardiasis; three cases each, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox); two cases each, histoplasmosis, pertussis and tuberculosis, latent infection; and one case each, arboviral diseases, ehrlichiosis chaffeensis, hepatitis A, Kawasaki disease, shigella, streptococcal pneumoniae, invasive, syphilis and yersiniosis.
Not all cases of tuberculosis and varicella are reported to the Health Department.
From staff reports