CENTER OPENING & OPEN HOUSE: The new Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Ave. W., opens for patient care today.

The Prevea Ladysmith Health Center will offer the following health care services family medicine, women’s care, pregnancy care, behavioral care, physical therapy and lab and X-ray services.

The health center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 715-532-0203.

Prevea will host a community ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the new health center from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. There will be food, refreshments, a raffle and giveaways, along with opportunities to tour the health center and meet the providers.

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THE NATURE OF GRIEF: Mayo Clinic Health System is offering The Nature of Grief from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10 to April 18, in the Cancer Center Meditation Room, 1221 Whipple St.

This educational series explores grief as a natural process, allowing participants to learn about the grief process and seek connection, healing and wholeness following the loss of a loved one. Attend any or all of the following sessions:

• Jan. 10: “Grief as a natural process.”

• Jan. 24: “Healing in nature.”

• Feb. 7: “Remembering and mourning.”

• Feb. 21: “Creativity and memory.”

• March 7: “Emotional paths through grief.”

• March 21: “Grieving mindfully.”

• April 4: “Grief through the seasons.”

• April 18: “Growing in times of bereavement.”

Call 715-464-5086 for more information.

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COREY KOSKIE PRESENTATION: Twenty years ago, Corey Koskie was playing third base for the Minnesota Twins. Today, Koskie, is playing coach as he is heavily involved in youth sports, having coached his four sons on over 90 teams since 2006. In addition to baseball, Koskie played hockey and volleyball during his youth and college career.

Koskie, a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, will be a featured speaker at the second annual Mayo Clinic Health System Sports Medicine Symposium in Eau Claire on Friday.

His free presentation, “The Multisport Athlete and Finding Balance,” is open to the public and focuses on helping youth athletes remain positive while dealing with the demands and pressures of coaches, parents and peers.

Mayo and UW-Eau Claire sports medicine experts will host afternoon seminars for local medical providers, coaches and trainers to learn the latest research on treatment options for upper extremity orthopedic injuries.

Two events later in the day are open to the public:

• 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium, 1221 Whipple St.

Koskie will offer his presentation and and share his inspiring story to empower athletes, coaches and parents.

Those attending should park in the ramp located at the corner of Fulton and Whipple streets.

• 7 p.m. Hobbs Ice Center, 915 Menomonie St.

This men’s hockey game will feature UW-Eau Claire and St. John’s University. Mayo Clinic Health System is the game sponsor.

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NEW SERVICES: Express Care at Mayo Clinic Health System, South Point Shopping Center, 2839 Mall Drive, Suite 5, in Eau Claire, recently has added three new services — acne diagnosis and treatment; oral contraceptives (new prescriptions only for females ages 18 to 34); and smoking cessation, including quitting techniques tailored to the patient, such as nicotine replacement therapy and nicotine-free prescriptions.

Express Care is a walk-in clinic providing treatment for minor medical conditions for patients ages 18 months or older. Present in person to reserve an appointment, or schedule an appointment through Patient Online Services.

Express Care hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; however, the clinic is closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m. daily. The last appointment taken 15 minutes prior to close.

Call 888-838-4777 for questions or more information about Express Care.

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HOUR CHANGE: Effective this past Sunday, the Urgent Care Department at Mayo Clinic Health System, 733 W. Clairemont Ave., will open one hour earlier on Sunday mornings.

Hours for Urgent Care will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

“Patients have told us they would appreciate expanded weekend hours,” says Shannara Faupl, Urgent Care director. “Having wider access to same-day care has the potential to save patients from having to make a more costly emergency department visit.”

Urgent Care provides same-day treatment for those age 6 months and older for minor health concerns, such as back pain; colds and flu, including fevers, coughs, sore throats and earaches; minor allergic reactions; minor burns; scrapes and cuts; skin conditions, including rashes, poison ivy and insect bites; sprains, strains and simple fractures; urinary tract infections; and vomiting and diarrhea.

Urgent Care is for walk-ins only. No appointment is required.

From staff reports