TOMAH, Wisconsin (WXOW) - For the first time in almost two decades, Mayo Clinic Health System in Tomah is getting a new look.
The almost $2.5 million renovation for the Tomah clinic has been years in the making.
Tomah Clinic Director of Patient Care Susan Christianson said the project is all about improving and expanding care for the Tomah and Monroe County communities.
The clinic's second floor will be completely remodeled with new patient care rooms, room for family medicine providers and eventually physical therapy and occupational therapy space.
Christianson said these options will keep patients from traveling to other Mayo Clinics in the state for healthcare.
"They feel at home here," Christianson said. "It's the same providers they've been seeing for up to 20-25 years. It's less confusing in a small facility and I think that's just economics. Gas prices, the way they are and all, and the other things that goes along with traveling."
The clinic's lobby will also see a redesign.
Right now staff said lines are too long and patient flow is slow.
The new lobby will hopefully improve the process of getting patients through the clinic, Christianson said.
"It's crowded here that when you get your care," Christianson said. "You are the only one that we are taking care of in the moment. We try to do that everyday, you know, and even though there is a line, there is a crowd, that we're hoping to decrease your wait time. But when you get in to see that provider and that nurse, you shouldn't be feeling like you're in a line."