SHELL LAKE -- On Friday, January 24, Indianhead Medical Center's Administrator, Shannon Jack, welcomed three of Wisconsin's State Secretaries to tour the new medical facility. The Center is the recipient of a $250,000 grant awarded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The grant supported the construction of a new 9,000 square-foot clinic building, an ambulance garage, new sidewalks, and street paving, Also included was a new parking lot and the remodeling of the current emergency and operating rooms.
Sally Petterson-Shell Lake Mayor, Missy Hughes-Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO, Andy Eiche-City Administrator, Caleb Frostman-Secretary of Workforce Development, and Joel Brennan-Secretary of the Department of Administration joined other city dignitaries for the tour.
Janet Bewley- Wisconsin Senator, Rob Anderson-representing the Lions, Romaine Quinn-75th District representative, Matt Dryden-Chamber Vice President and candidate for Shell Lake Mayor, listen and ask questions as Shannon Jack starts their tour.
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The medical campus is the first of the projects that are under the broad umbrella of this new superblock, which will also include a two-story and full basement building that will house the new Government Center.
The Indianhead Medical Center (IMC) with almost 90 employees is one of the largest employers in Shell Lake and Washburn County. The clinic construction is expected to add five full-time employees to assist surgical specialists.
"I am thrilled that WEDC has awarded this grant to the City of Shell Lake," said state Sen. Jenet Bewley. "Maintaining access to high-quality health care services is one of the most pressing needs in our rural communities. This is great news in terms of both the local economy and improving people's health."
According to Rep. Romaine Quinn, “Critical access hospitals play a vital role in many rural areas in our state, and this grant has made sure this service stays here. I'm very proud of all our rural health providers and am proud of IMC for their hard work.”
"The cooperation among IMC, Washburn County, and the City of Shell Lake was an excellent example of local and state government and private industry working together toward a common goal," said Shell Lake City Administrator, Andy Eiche. "The commitment displayed by the IMC ownership to the success of the project was phenomenal. The critical importance of the new clinic, pharmacy, and helicopter pad to Shell Lake and surrounding area residents cannot be overstated."
Despite the cold and snowy weather, construction is on-going in the Government Center thanks to the Market and Johnson Group out of Eau Claire.
The goal is to reach completion in June 2020.