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Marshfield Clinic hospital opening delayed by COVID-19

Minocqua facility was set to open April 20


April 17, 2020 by Brian Jopek


Originally set for this spring, the opening for the Marshfield Clinic’s new hospital in Minocqua has been delayed. 

In a statement earlier this week from Dave Olejniczak, interim chief administrative officer of the Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua, he cited the “current state of emergency” related to COVID-19 as a factor.

“Our first priority is to meet the needs of the community, and as such, we are collaborating with Ascension Howard Young Medical Center where appropriate,” he said. “As we work to reallocate staffing and resources in anticipation of a patient surge, we’ve made the decision to temporarily delay the opening of our new hospital, which would require regulatory reviews not currently available to us. The timing of opening our facility will be based on several factors, such as the state of the COVID emergency, patient and community needs, availability of regulatory reviews and more.”

As far as the immediate future in dealing with COVID-19 in conjunction with other medical facilities such as Howard Young Medical Center, Dr. Michael Schaars, Marshfield Clinic’s vice president of medical affairs, said Marshfield Clinic’s plans, like all health systems, “are changing daily, if not hourly as we prepare for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients.” 

“However, we are working closely with Howard Young to support them with staff and resources during this pandemic,” he said. “Marshfield Clinic is participating in joint incident command calls with Ascension Northern Region (Woodruff, Eagle River, Rhinelander and Tomahawk) and frequent calls with local Ascension leadership to coordinate surge planning.”

Schaars said shared employee agreements have been developed  between Marshfield Clinic, Howard Young Medical Center and Ascension’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Eagle River which allows Marshfield Clinic hospital employees to provide patient care at those facilities. 

That allows, he added, Ascension to increase patient care capacity at both Howard Young and in Eagle River.

Construction of the new Marshfield Clinic hospital in Minocqua began in late 2018 and Schaars said construction remains on schedule for completion.

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]


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