Aspirus Health is taking immediate action to increase access at its locations nearest communities impacted by pending hospital and clinic closures in Western Wisconsin. With the recent news of plans to permanently close hospitals in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire, Wis., as well as multiple clinics throughout the surrounding area, community leaders and patients have expressed concerns about their ability to receive proper healthcare.
In response, Aspirus Health is moving quickly to safely increase its capacity to support patients seeking health care services. The company has made several announcements regarding its expansion plans, including adding six inpatient beds and increasing surgical capacity at Aspirus Stanley Hospital, adding eight inpatient beds at Aspirus Medford Hospital, building additional ancillary service capacity within hospitals and clinics such as lab, imaging, and wound care, enhancing resources at its tertiary care center in Wausau and at other regional hospitals to accommodate more referrals and specialty outreach services, and accelerating recruitment efforts to meet anticipated needs.
Aspirus also announced that it is close to finalizing an affiliation with St. Luke’s in Duluth, Minn., that would further expand care access for the region. Aspirus and St. Luke’s hope to complete the affiliation in the coming weeks, pending final regulatory approvals.
“We understand how important it is for people to have excellent, compassionate health care when they need it,” said Matthew Heywood, President and CEO of Aspirus Health. “We serve communities along the eastern edge of the Chippewa Valley and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure our patients have access to high-quality healthcare.”