Millions in renovations coming for Marshfield Clinic after layoffs
MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -
The Marshfield Clinic is set to see millions of dollars in renovations. But some viewers reached out to Newsline 9, wondering if it's the right time. That comes after the clinic announced more than 100 job cuts.
More than 2,000 patients walk through the Marshfield Clinic doors every day. And to make sure they're taken care of, the clinic's President and CEO Dr. Brian Ewert says it's time for renovations.
"It's just part of keeping our facilities up to date and appropriate for the care of patients," Ewert said.
The renovations include new carpeting, wall coverings and concrete work. Some offices will also be relocated. Marshfield Clinic leaders say it will take more than a year and cost more than $30 million. The Wausau location will also be seeing changes.
"The goal is to maintain our operations as they are," Ewert said.
Earlier this month, Newsline 9 brought you the story of Marshfield Clinic layoffs. We received messages and phone calls from concerned viewers on these renovations. They wondered how millions could be spent on changes, after the clinic announced it was cutting more than 100 jobs across the state.
"There is an emotional loss when any position is reduced," said Ewert.
Dr. Ewert told us those cuts were simply because not enough patients were coming in. But these building changes will benefit their current patients.
"This is a different aspect of our business and part of our commitment to the community to be here for another 96 years," Ewert said.
Ewert says the money for renovations is coming from bond. Those were sold in June, giving the clinic the money it needs for these changes.
Clinic leaders say much of the work will be done at night, so that patients won't be greatly affected.