Wausau Clinics Look Toward the Future
Long a regional center for outstanding health care, Wausau’s medical services rose even a notch higher with the expansion of two major medical practices. After years serving patients as tenants of Aspirus Hospital, the Bone & Joint Center opened its own 43,000-square-foot Bone & Joint Musculoskeletal and Surgery Center on Hummingbird Road, a 400-percent increase in space over its former facilities. The clinic maintains a strong working relationship with the hospital, where its doctors perform their inpatient surgeries. But the new facility offers greater opportunities for outpatient services. “It’s literally one-stop service for our patients,” says clinic marketing manager Cindy Verhasselt. “It’s wonderful. Patients can come in right off I-39 and find ample parking, which was always something of a challenge in our former location. They can have X-rays here and MRIs if they need it. The sports and spine clinic is right here. And our new ambulatory surgery center is a huge addition. Basically, everything orthopedic outpatients need is right here.” The new facility, which opened to the public in September 2008, boasts 30 exam rooms, five specific to the care of extremities and four to pain management, four cast rooms, two operating rooms and one minor procedure room, outpatient rehab services and radiology rooms. A unique advantage of the clinic, says Verhasselt, is that the staff specialized only in orthopedics, guaranteeing the best care as well as enhancing patients’ visits to the clinic. “Our primary focus in 2009 is on getting our patients through the clinic as quickly as possible while still ensuring that our physicians have plenty of quality time to spend with them,” says Verhasselt. “We’re concentrating on the patient experience.” The Eye Clinic of Wisconsin is also enjoying new headquarters, having consolidated several smaller locations into a new facility, the Backer Building on North First Street. Practitioners include 11 ophthalmic and osteopathic doctors and five optometrists. “We offer a very wide range of services, from optometry to pediatric ophthalmology, to low vision, cosmetic lift procedures and Botox, and we have a full optical department,” says Kristi Woller, HR/marketing manager. “We are always looking at what is cutting edge in technology and treatment.” The new facility opened in January 2008 and has met with approval from patients, says Woller. “Patients really appreciate the convenience of having all the treatment facilities on one floor,” she says. The clinic offers vision correction treatments that include cataract surgery and premium implantable lenses, glaucoma treatment, comprehensive pediatric eye care, retinal surgery, LASIK, eye exams and treatment for various eye conditions. The optical shop offers a wide array of designer eyewear and trained specialists.