HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW) - People in Holmen now have another option for healthcare. Mayo Clinic Health System in Holmen has completed renovations to their lower level and is offering new and expanded services.
"Oh, we're very excited," said Deb Cholewa, Patient Care Director at Mayo Clinic Health System in Holmen. "We moved into the clinic in June 2009 and the upper level was the only completed patient care area. The lower level was shell space with a small area for the physical therapy department. We've now totally completed the lower level."
One of the biggest changes is the clinic now has obstetric and gynecology care including ultrasounds.
"This clinic has, so far, had the family practitioners providing the care," said Jun Koike, M.D. in obstetrics and gynecology at the Holmen clinic. "They do care for infants to elders, but adding obstetrics and gynecology, the whole family can come here."
The physical therapy department has also been expanded. Before the renovation, physical therapists at the clinic were much more limited in their services.
"We essentially had a finished space but one that was more of a single large room," said Ralph Tyler, Physical Therapist at the Holmen clinic. "And we would use the shell space adjacent to us for doing walking programs. However, it was like, a little bit like working out in your garage. So this is quite sophisticated by contrast."
The physical therapy department also added new equipment.
"The opportunities that we have now are just much greater for our patients," said Tyler. "So it affords them more variety and more interest in their programs. And allows us to do things in a variety of ways with the equipment that we've added. Certainly you can do training without the nice equipment that we have, but it sure is a nicer opportunity for the patients."
Mayo hopes that these expanded services will help better serve people around and north of Holmen who otherwise may have to drive many miles to La Crosse or Onalaska for their health care.
"Although the Onalaska site is beautiful and the staff is well prepared to meet the needs of the public," said Tyler. "It's certainly nice to have the opportunity to come and get treatment here locally. And that decreases driving for people coming from Ettrick, Trempealeau, Galesville, and north of us.
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