[CUBA CITY, WI] —- To meet growing needs and to ensure ongoing local access to quality care, Southwest Health will replace their current Cuba City Clinic with a new facility to be located on the south end of Main Street in Cuba City. Construction will begin in the spring of 2021, and the completed 8,500 square foot clinic building will provide patient-friendly spaces for primary care and rehab therapy services.
Cuba City residents Lou and Sherri Schweigert have very thoughtfully chosen to facilitate this new state of the art clinic by donating two acres of prime real estate for the project. Their generous gift enables Southwest Health to build in an advantageous location that not only gives the clinic high visibility but also gives patients easy access. Says Lou Schweigert, “This move by Southwest Health will upgrade and expand services in their southern service area, and Sherri and I are delighted to support their dedication to the health of our area communities.”
The current clinic location at Epione Pavilion has been home to primary care services since the mid 1950s, serving the communities of Cuba City, Hazel Green, Benton, Kieler, Dickeyville and the surrounding rural areas. Says Southwest Health CEO Dan Rohrbach, “Southwest is highly committed to Cuba City and our southern service area. Our Board of Directors recognizes that to continue serving area residents in the best way possible, we need to make an investment to modernize those clinic spaces.
“Our current location has served us well, but as we continue to grow and bring on more practitioners and services, we see very clearly the need to replace the aging clinic,” says Rohrbach. “In addition, the timing could not be better because the start of the Cuba City project will coincide with the completion of the new clinic addition now under construction on our hospital campus in Platteville.”
Further solidifying the need for new clinic spaces are the recent additions of key healthcare practitioners. Family physician Zach Droeszler, MD, born and raised in southwest Wisconsin and a graduate of Southwestern High School, began seeing patients in Cuba City this summer as did Physician Assistant ChelseaDeMuth, PA-C, also originally from the area. Local resident and Physical Therapist Staci Graber, MPT, will also move into the new clinic spaces and lead a team of therapists at the new location.
We are very fortunate to offer the services of such strong medical professionals who are also from the area and personally dedicated to the patients under their care,” states Rohrbach. “Healthcare in this area has never been in better hands.”
This decision on building a new clinic in Cuba City comes on the heels of establishing a partnership this last summer with Marquardt Management Services of Watertown, Wisconsin. Through the new joint venture, Southwest Health and Marquardt Management Services are investing in providing and expanding senior services to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa and community members of SW Wisconsin through owning and operating St. Dominic Villa in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. With the pandemic so severely upending long-term care organizations locally around the country and disrupting the lives of elderly residents and their families, the added strength of our partnership is more important now than ever.
Rohrbach explains, “The industry as a whole is seeing significantly reduced resident admissions and staffing challenges that are direct results of the pandemic getting its grip on long-term care, not only here in our area but also nationwide. The long-term care landscape has for a decade now been on a slow and steady path to change, but the stresses of the pandemic are accelerating the need for new ways and alternative models to caring for the people most vulnerable in our communities. Our commitment to the Sisters and to our communities in senior services has never been stronger. The long-term care industry has and will continue to face challenges during and after the pandemic, but we are fortunate to have a strong partner in Marquardt Management, here to meet those challenges and provide the care our communities need.”