St. Luke's celebrated the start of construction on its new Chequamegon Clinic building with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. Many community leaders including Ashland's mayor, members of the planning commission and Chamber of Commerce attended.
The new 22,000-square-foot clinic is being built on the shores of Lake Superior along the north side of U.S. Highway 2 between Culver's and the Ashland Honda Toyota dealership. It will preserve views of the lake from roadways and public spaces and feature lakefront views throughout the building. DSGW Architects designed the clinic, which is being built by Kraus Anderson. Chequamegon Clinic has been serving patients in the community since 1975.
"The new clinic building will respect and serve community needs and embraces the history of Ashland and the inherent beauty of Lake Superior," said John Strange St. Luke's president and CEO. "This is the perfect place for the clinic to offer a healing environment to patients."
The building will provide a state-of-the-art clinic for patients. Currently, the clinic is staffed with eight primary care providers, but the new clinic will provide enough space for growth up to 12. For the first time, the clinic will also offer physical therapy services, imaging and mobile MRI imaging. Chequamegon Clinic will continue to offer 17 outreach specialty services at its new location. They include cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, urology, endocrinology, rheumatology, neurology, physical medicine, pulmonology, general surgery and vascular surgery.
The clinic is expected to open in March.