Aspirus announces $40 million renovation, expansion project at Merrill hospital

For the Tomahawk Leader

MERRILL – Aspirus Health last week announced a $40 million renovation and expansion project at Aspirus Merrill Hospital.

A Wednesday, March 27 release from Aspirus said the initiative “underscores Aspirus’ dedication to addressing the growing health care needs in Merrill and the surrounding areas.”

“The project is scheduled to start this summer, and it will greatly improve efficiency, access and the patient experience,” Aspirus stated.

“The healthcare landscape has encountered unprecedented challenges over the past four years, exerting immense pressure on healthcare systems across the nation,” said Jeff Wicklander, Aspirus SVP and Central Region President. “Despite these obstacles, Aspirus has thrived, which is a testament to strategic foresight, thoughtful decision-making and a relentless commitment to efficiency and effectiveness.”

Aspirus said a key feature of the project is the doubling of inpatient beds, from 10 to 20.

The expansion will also include the complete reconstruction of inpatient rooms; enhancements to imaging, rehabilitation, laboratory and pharmacy service; and updates to the main floor, stairwells and offices

“In these challenging times, Aspirus is dedicated to innovating and transforming its care models and processes,” Aspirus stated. “This approach ensures that the system continues to deliver exceptional care that meets communities’ changing needs. Maintaining a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Merrill is an important strategy for Aspirus Health as more populations transition to Medicare.”

“This investment is a clear indication of our commitment to leveraging resources for the greatest possible impact,” Wicklander said. “We are excited to improve and expand care locally while providing a boost to the local economy.”

Aspirus said it “looks forward to continued growth and improvement as it advances its mission to heal people, promote health and strengthen communities.”

Photo courtesy of Aspirus.
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