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Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic celebrates five years serving Northwoods

Mar 5, 2013

RHINELANDER, Wis. – Friday, March 8 marked the fifth anniversary of Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic opening its doors to patients in the Northwoods.

When the clinic opened in 2008, there were two family medicine providers and one nurse practitioner. Now, in addition to those providers, the clinic also has four walk-in providers, a pediatrician, an additional nurse practitioner and will have another family medicine physician joining the team in August.

“When we first decided to put a clinic in Rhinelander, the community was very supportive and we saw a need for primary care services in the area,” said Robb Fabich, Northern Region Director for Aspirus Clinics. “We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with the patients and community we serve, and all the change we’ve experienced during the last five years has happened so we can continue to provide the best possible care.”   

There have been many notable changes at Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic since it opened, including:

  • Implementation of walk-in services, which were expanded to seven days a week in October 2012.
  • Addition of several specialty outreach services, like podiatry, pulmonology, ear, nose and throat, OB/GYN, orthopedics, neurology, nephrology, general surgery, endocrinology, medical nutrition therapy, physical and occupational therapy, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Addition of MRI and CT imaging.
  • Expansion of primary care to include pediatrics
  • Addition of an Aspirus MedEvac intercept vehicle, A partnership with the City of Rhinelander, which is stationed at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

In addition to the providers and services Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic has added in the past five years, the clinic’s impact on the community also has been considerable. In April 2011, the clinic donated $5,000 to the Rhinelander Soccer Club in support of a capital campaign to build a soccer shelter at the Hanson Lake Fields.

In May 2011, the clinic donated $125,000 to the Hodag Facilities Foundation capital campaign, which helped the Rhinelander School District build a 4,400-square-foot fitness center at Rhinelander High School. The Aspirus Community Fitness Center features space for cardiovascular workouts, strength training, and dance. The facility is used by students, athletes, sports teams and community members.

“The fitness center was an initiative that Aspirus felt very strongly about because the school was in real need of updated facilities and the fitness center was something the whole community could benefit from,” said Fabich, who is a 1988 graduate of Rhinelander High School.

Most recently, a commitment was made to have a Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic staff member join the Partners in Education (PIE) Board of Directors. PIE was created to connect Rhinelander’s businesses with the educational communities, which include public, parochial schools and home-schooled students. By working together, employers and educators can plan for the long-term needs of the community’s workforce.

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, go online to aspirus.org or call the clinic at 715.361.5480.