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Langlade Hosptial's New Building Has Opening Date Set

December 8, 2011

Rusty Mehlberg

WACD 106.1 FM

Langlade Hospital of Antigo has set their official opening date for their new facility.

Hospital Administrator Dave Schneider made the announcement during Thursday's WATK-AM 900 Arby's Breakfast Club. "I think we can announce publicly for the first time that we will be open for business, the new Langlade Hospital, on Sunday May 13, Mothers Day, next year."

The new $45 million hospital facility has been under construction since November of 2010, and is being built just north of their current facility that it will replace, which has been in use for eight decades.

Schneider said that the opening date came after recent meetings with the project's chief construction company Miron. "It looked like the building will be actually completed in March give us time to train and orient and make sure all the systems are operating properly. But they told us that we would be good to go, moving in, that first week in May and completing our move and opening our doors officially on Sunday, May 13."

Past hospital announcements about the facility say that it is designed for the future of medical needs in the area, with more of a focus on outpatient care.

Schneider said that the staff of the hospital and general clinic have been given tours of the new facility over the recent weeks, and have a positive outlook on what it will mean to the community. "I can say that in talking with many of the employees they do feel a sense of ownership. They feel a real pride about the facility; physicians, other providers, employees, volunteers, so many people associated with the hospital."

After the new facility opens for use, the next several months will be used to tear down the current hospital building to create parking space and finish the exterior look of the new building. Schneider said an official open house will be done in the fall when all project work is completed.

by Rusty Mehlberg

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