Kohler Co. gifts $1 million to new medical/behavioral facility for the area’s underserved

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Lakeshore Community Health Care completed the second phase of renovations to its 20,000-square-foot, 1721 Saemann Avenue facility and unveiled the new Medical and Behavioral Health Wing at a ribbon cutting and open house on May 5.

A reception was held for guests and dignitaries. Remarks were made by Kristin Blanchard Stearns, Lakeshore Community Health Care’s CEO; Dr. Robert Wenberg, Lakeshore’s Medical Director (and long-time Kohler resident); and Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Executive Chairman of Kohler Co. Guided tours of the facility followed.

The renovations, made possible by a $1 million gift from Kohler, include new exam, medical procedure and therapy rooms, a lab, offices and meeting space for providers.

“The opening of the Kohler Medical and Behavioral Health Wing significantly increases our capacity to provide integrated medical and behavioral health care,” said Kristin Stearns, CEO of Lakeshore Community Health Care. “Many of our patients, especially those with chronic conditions, also suffer from depression or anxiety. Our providers work as a team with patients to meet all of their health care needs.”

Lakeshore Community Health Care provides primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services for all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The non-profits’ mission is to provide access to high-quality, comprehensive health care and reduce health disparities for underserved people in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties with a focus on serving low-income families, individuals, the uninsured and underinsured, and those enrolled in Medicaid (BadgerCare). The non-profit also operates a facility in Manitowoc.

Dr. Wenberg, who formerly worked for Aurora for 22 years, said the idea for Lakeshore Community Health Care began when community members got together and discussed the need and desire for this type of service in Sheboygan. Dr. Wenberg worked for Aurora for 22 years before his appointment as Lakeshore’s medical director in 2016.

Phase three of the Saemann Avenue renovation will add an in-house pharmacy and update the administrative space. Once all of the renovations are completed, late this summer, the facility will be able to serve about 13,000 patients in Sheboygan annually.

For more information, call Lakeshore Community Health Care at 920-783-6633 or visit www.lakeshorechc.org.

 

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