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Western Wisconsin Health opens new facility in Baldwin

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The Western Wisconsin Health Board of Directors who were on hand for the ribbon-cutting Tuesday, July 12, at the new facility in Baldwin are (from the left) Mary Aaby, director; Eileen LaFavor, secretary/treasurer; Danielle Johnson, director; Pat Hayes, board president; Alison Page, CEO; Brian Lovdahl, CFO; Julie Herman, director; Barry Grant, director; Dane Rasmussen, director; and Clint Semrau, general surgeon. (Photo by Raymond T. Rivard)2 / 5
A gallery of photographers focus in on the board members who were gathering for the cutting of the ribbon at the Western Wisconsin Health facility in Baldwin last week. (Raymond T. Rivard photograph)3 / 5
New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Director Rob Kreibich (left) chats prior to the ribbon-cutting at the Western Wisconsin Health facility in Baldwin on Tuesday, July 12. (Raymond T. Rivard photograph)4 / 5
There were plenty of hors d’oeuvres offered for those who attended the grand opening of the Western Wisconsin Health facility in Baldwin Tuesday, July 12. (Raymond T. Rivard photograph)5 / 5

Last week, members of the public were invited to the grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the new Western Wisconsin Health facility in Baldwin.

Board of directors and employees of the state-of-the-art facility welcomed more than 300 for tours, food, wine, a champagne toast and a program of speakers.

Baldwin Area Medical Center Inc. (BAMC), purchased 105 acres to develop a health and fitness campus ... that is now open to provide a full spectrum of health and wellness services in a sustainable facility. The facility is located on the northwest corner of the I-94 and Hwy. 63 interchange.

“Our new vision statement as an organization is ‘Imagine a Healthier Tomorrow,’” Western Wisconsin Health CEO Alison Page said in an article published earlier this year in the New Richmond News.

The initial phase of the project began with the construction of a 106,000 square-foot replacement clinic and hospital costing $37.5 million and was nearly finished this past week when the doors were open. Only the construction of the wellness center was still being completed.

“We wanted to build a facility that had the feel of sustainable; kind of the Frank Lloyd Wright-prairie design, not real fancy, but very natural,” Page said.

“For energy efficiency, we not only have the geothermal, but we are also using something called a choked beam system - which is like a radiator on the ceiling - as well as LED lighting. We made the building the shape it is in order to get as much light into the facility as possible.”

With the new facility also comes a name change.

“The name Baldwin Area Medical Center has served the community well, but with the geographic expansion of services such as a clinic in Roberts and a behavioral health office in Hudson, we have outgrown the name” Page said.

At the grand opening held Tuesday, July 12, hundreds gathered to tour the building and enjoy a grand opening that was designed to please.

Jordan Willi contributed to this article.