Construction is moving ahead for Marshfield Clinic's Stevens Point Center.
According to Jim Petersen, project manager, construction is on target for patient care to begin November 1, though winter construction conditions may have an impact on that start date.
This will be the first multispecialty facility in Portage County for Marshfield Clinic, the third largest population center in the Clinic system. Portage County has a population of about 70,000. Currently, the Clinic has an oral surgery practice which will relocate to the new facility. Cancer Care services will remain at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital. The facility will also include permanently placed primary and specialty care providers.
"The public has asked for a greater Marshfield Clinic presence in the community. Community surveys, interviews and conversations have told us that residents are really looking forward to a new Clinic location and expanded services. This is an opportunity for Marshfield Clinic to serve the needs of these people and it's a very exciting time for us," Petersen said.
He notes that the "facility will incorporate some building design concepts unique to buildings in the Marshfield Clinic system. The concepts being applied were designed to improve collaboration in the medical team, improve efficiency and reduce waiting times for patients."
The building is constructed to accommodate 21 providers - permanent and outreach representing 20 specialties - and he anticipates having 12 full-time equivalent providers in place as the center opens, along with about 30 employees.
"We're working on capital equipment needs now, then we'll make decisions in April and May about job positions and begin the hiring process in mid-summer," Petersen said. Recruitment has begun for some provider positions.
The 55,000-square-foot building, located on an 18-acre parcel off of Highways 66 and I-39, is being built at a cost of $18.1 million.