System Growth Strategy Inspired by Ambulatory Care Model Research

Essentia Health
Ashland and Spooner Clinics

Ashland and Spooner, WI

With a goal of providing the best patient care serving six counties in Northwest Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Memorial Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Ashland, WI, partnered with Essentia Health, a regional healthcare system and Kahler Slater to create a new ambulatory care clinic addition to their existing hospital, and integrated cancer care center. Through this project, Essentia Health is redefining how they deliver ambulatory services in the rural Midwest.

Essentia Health also partnered with Spooner Health System to bring a range of new outpatient specialty services alongside the construction of the new critical access hospital in Spooner, WI. Identifying new opportunities and making partnerships were key to implementing this new approach to ambulatory care.

This ambulatory care re-boot and subsequent new operating system will allow Essentia Health’s eastern division, headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, to extend its geographical reach and the populations it serves as part of Essentia Health’s bigger picture business strategy for finding new opportunities to bring Health services to new communities.

Kahler Slater and Essentia Health shared the powerful results from these projects in a Team Based Transformation presentation at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Annual Conference in June 2017.

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2017 ASID Wisconsin Silver Essentia Health Ashland Clinic

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2018 ASID Silver Essentia Health Spooner Clinic


Caregiver footsteps reduced by 75%

Reduced provider/exam room ratio from 3:1 to 2:1 while increasing panel size

The planning and construction of this facility has truly been a team effort.”

Jason Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of MMC

We could not have completed the project without the tireless work of the employees of Boldt Construction, Kahler Slater and many local contractors, manufacturers and artists. Their craftsmanship can be seen throughout the facility.”

Jason Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of MMC