Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | NEWS
One step closer to reality
Ground breaking held for new SCRMC clinic in downtown Frederic
Gary King | Editor
FREDERIC - The long anticipated breaking of ground for the new St. Croix Regional Medical Center clinic in downtown Frederic happened during one of the community’s busiest - and happiest - times ... Family Days.
Sunday morning, June 22, dignitaries from SCRMC and the village gathered at the site on Main Street to mark the beginning of construction on a new state-of-the-art, 14,800-square-foot clinic that will continue not only SCRMC’s commitment to health care in Frederic but also a tradition of local health care that began a century ago.
The new facility will be a “tremendous asset” to the community and area, said Dave Dobosenski, SCRMC CEO.
“With it, we will be able to serve more patients more quickly here in the Frederic area,” he said. “We believe this is what our patients expect from us: Superb care, close to home.”
Dobosenski said SCRMC has outgrown its present building on the east side of Main Street which housed Frederic’s first hospital and later, a nursing home, before being remodeled in the 1990s to become SCRMC’s clinic.
“This newly remodeled health care facility will increase our ability to serve patients with current technology that will help us stay on the leading edge of health care in this area for years to come,” Dobosenski said.Sunday’s ground-breaking ceremony also included comments by village President William Johnson, who introduced village Trustees Doug Amundson and John Boyer as well as village Administrator Dave Wondra and public works director Ken Hackett.
Johnson spoke of the history of health care in Frederic and what an integral part it played in the growth of the community, sometimes through leadership of its physicians. Dr. and Mrs. Arveson, he said, made the first library possible, Johnson noted. The small building was preserved by the Frederic Historical Society and is on display at the depot/museum, directly across from the new clinic site. He also said the site of the new clinic is the former site of the relocated Grimh Brothers mill, which was notably the “tallest building in town,” during its existence.
But it’s the future of the village that was being celebrated, Johnson noted.
“Village board members like hearing the sound of back-up warning beepers because that is the sound of progress,” he said.
SCRMC Vice President of Clinic and Ancillary Services Wendy Young said, “We are very excited about this community clinic because it will provide our patients and community with a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, equipment and expanded services like chemotherapy.”
Construction on the new facility will start soon and an opening is planned for the spring of 2015.
SCRMC purchased The Medicine Shoppe, the pharmacy located across from its current clinic location, earlier this month. The new clinic will offer its own pharmacy services.
Also participating in Sunday’s ground breaking were Jamey Bowe, River Valley Architects of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Brad Kemis, construction manager, Market & Johnson; and SCRMC Board members Dr. Steve Tesch and Harlen Hegdal.