Grace Lutheran to collaborate with Marshfield
Posted: September 25, 2015
Eau Claire-based Grace Lutheran Communities will manage new comfort and recovery suites as part of Marshfield Clinic's ambulatory surgery centers in Eau Claire, Marshfield and Wausau. This collaborative relationship was finalized recently and announced during a news conference this week.
The new comfort and recovery suites are being built and will be owned by Marshfield Clinic. Grace Lutheran Communities brings expertise in managing such facilities that will benefit clinic patients in the Chippewa Valley and Central Wisconsin.
Construction projects at Marshfield Clinic centers in Eau Claire and Marshfield are anticipated to be done in early November and Wausua's project will be completed in December. Facilities in Eau Claire and Wausau will have 12 beds; Marshfield will have 20 beds. Grace Lutheran Communities is hiring right now for the new jobs. The collaboration will create 75 jobs in the three locations this year.
"We're excited to partner with Marshfield Clinic to develop short-term rehab centers. We have decades of experience managing our own centers dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors recover from injuries," said Grace Lutheran Communities CEO Mike Christensen.
These new post-surgery areas, referred to in the health care industry as skilled nursing facilities, have a small number of beds in private suites that provide patients with 24-hour access to care and medical staff, including physicians and nurses. Patients typically spend three to five days recovering from surgery and other procedures completed in the ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).
While Marshfield Clinic will own the buildings, Grace Lutheran Communities will be the licensed provider of nursing and rehab services.
"This partnership is an innovative approach to providing health care now and in the future and is a positive change that will benefit our patients," said Marshfield Clinic Administrator Scott Polenz.
The new services also mean economic development and employment opportunities for those in the health care field interested in working in the new, innovative environment, Polenz said. Opportunities include administrators, nursing directors, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and head chefs. TBL