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Memorial Medical Center New Hospital Project Update 2/24/17
Friday, February 24, 2017
    -Memorial Medical Center:  Small Hospital, Big Difference, Brighter Future!  Back in November, Memorial Medical Center announced they are in the planning process of building a new $40 million facility to continue to serve the health care needs of Clark County and the surrounding area.  The new facility is expected to be completed by the spring of 2020.
    In order to keep the community informed, here’s the latest on the progress of the project:

    “MMC site developer Justin Frahm from JSD professional services in Wausau began the coordination of gaining proper permits from appropriate agencies.  The strategic planning, capital campaign and visioning meetings continue on a weekly basis.  They are preparing a request for proposal for the construction of the facility.  And tours of recently built hospitals/clinics will begin in March.

    Also, to help clear up some confusion that some residents have, this project is not using taxpayer money.  This project is not costing taxpayers in the City of Neillsville money.  The funds from this project are being provided by a loan from the USDA.
    Memorial Medical Center is also answering any question you may have like this one: 
    "QSince MMC just renovated for an Assisted Living about 6 years ago, are they taking this with them or are they giving that up to Neillsville Care & Rehab? What benefit would they have in keeping it?

    A:  MMC is currently discussing with Grant Thayer, President of Neillsville Care and Rehab, the details of the future campus.  We anticipate a brand new assisted living center being adjacent and utilizing common services as the skilled nursing home.  As residents in assisted living often needing skilled nursing care, we anticipate Neillsville Care and Rehab operating the assisted living center”

    “Q:  Where is the new facility going to be located?
    A:  If all goes according to plan, at 3700 River Avenue.”
    "Q: Do you know what's going to happen with the old facility?
    A: Not yet. They do have some time to start to identify potential suitors for the building. They're hoping that somebody will find an interest in this to better the economy of Neillsville. They've had a few preliminary talks with a few interested parties. All very exciting; however, they've asked not to be revealed at this time as they are still seeing how feasible it is for them."
    "Q: What's going to happen to the loan acquired by MMC through the City of Neillsville?
    A: Their current debt they have to do their internal renovations is on hold. So, they currently have 80% of that loan still sitting in the bank. Part of the USDA Loan Process is they're allowed to refinance all of their current debt. So, as they successfully receive this loan, they will then pay off all their debt, including the loan that the city assisted them to receive. By first or second quarter, probably second quarter of 2017, all those debts will be forgiven."
    If you have any questions you'd like answered, feel free to submit your questions to WCCN's News Director by e-mail or contact form.

    posted by Riley Hebert at 9:41 AM | Email Us
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