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Topping off ceremony marks completion of Minocqua Hospital structural phase

July 16, 2019 by Kayla Houp

Construction on the Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua, has reached the completion of the structural phase.

Initial ground-breaking and site work for the 72,000-square-foot, 12-bed hospital began in December of 2018 while construction on the project began in April of 2019. 

The topping off ceremony July 12 marked the completion of the structural phase and offered providers and staff the opportunity to sign the last beam to be placed at a later time.

“Health care is not easy,” chief medical officer Dr. William Melms said at the ceremony. “The difficulties continue to be greater and it is not going to get easier in the future. It presents a challenge we cannot shy away from. Instead, we must lean into the challenge and continue our efforts, always striving to get better. This hospital, Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua, represents what is best in all of us and will serve as a reminder that we always need to apply the best of our energies and skills into the health and wellbeing of our neighbors and our visitors.”

Melms took a moment to commemorate Tom Handrick, who had attended the majority of the meetings regarding the project prior to his passing in March 2018.

“Big hearings or small, Tom Handrick was at almost every one of them,” Melms said. “He would wait patiently in the back of the room for all the questions and debate to be done, and then he would always have something to say when public comment was called for. And he always had something positive to say in support of the clinic and this project.”

“This project is something that’s near and dear to my heart,” vice president of operations Craig Telega said. 

According to Melms, the project is on schedule for projected completion in April 2020.

“I cannot name everyone, but I need everyone here to know that all of you who supported this project share in this moment of realization of the project,” he said. “You are looking at the future of health care here in Minocqua and you should be proud. Proud to be part of providing this gift to all of the people of the Northwoods.”

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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