Aspirus Merrill Hospital entrance
Aspirus Merrill Hospital Entrance / Submitted Photo

WAUSAU, WI (OnFocus) – Aspirus is proud to announce a transformative $40 million renovation and expansion project at Aspirus Merrill Hospital. This initiative underscores Aspirus’ dedication to addressing the growing health care needs in Merrill and the surrounding areas.

The project is scheduled to start this summer and it will greatly improve efficiency, access and the patient experience.

“The health care landscape has encountered unprecedented challenges over the past four years, exerting enormous pressure on health care systems across the nation,” said Jeff Wicklander, Aspirus SVP & Central Region President. “Despite these obstacles, Aspirus has thrived, which is a testament to strategic foresight, thoughtful decision-making, and a relentless commitment to efficiency and effectiveness.”

A key feature of this project is the doubling of inpatient beds, from 10 to 20. This expansion is accompanied by:

  • Complete reconstruction of inpatient rooms
  • Enhancements to imaging, rehabilitation, laboratory and pharmacy services
  • Updates to the main floor, stairwells, and offices

In these challenging times, Aspirus is dedicated to innovating and transforming its care models and processes. This approach ensures that the system continues to deliver exceptional care that meets communities’ changing needs. Maintaining a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Merrill is an important strategy for Aspirus Health as more populations transition to Medicare.

“This investment is a clear indication of our commitment to leveraging resources for the greatest possible impact,” Wicklander said. “We are excited to improve and expand care locally while providing a boost to the local economy.”

Aspirus looks forward to continued growth and improvement, as it advances its mission to heal people, promote health and strengthen communities.

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