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Spooner Health System Donates to Northwoods Support Team

Spooner Health System (SHS) is committed to reaching out and making a difference in the local community. SHS recently donated $1,000 to the Northwoods Support Team. “We really value and appreciate all of those who serve and fight for our freedom,” says Mike Schafer, CEO of SHS. “It is our pleasure to support a group like the Northwoods Support Team and we hope our contribution helps them continue their great work in taking care of our troops.”

Northwoods Support Team was born in 2008 in response to an open request through Adopt-A-Soldier-Platoons for support of our military serving overseas. Since December of 2008, Northwoods Support Team has sent boxes of love to over 1,000 service personnel. 

“This generous donation is very timely,” says Lynda Marquardt, Coordinator for Northwoods Support Team, “because our current mission projects include the support of eight US firefighters and the 950th National Guards troop currently serving in Afghanistan.”



Spooner Health System Hosts Chamber Business After 5 and Shares New Hospital Plans

Spooner Health System (SHS) hosted a Chamber Business After 5 event at the Spooner Golf Club on Tuesday, November 18. Approximately 40 business and community leaders were in attendance to hear Mike Schafer, SHS CEO, share a presentation about the new replacement hospital building project. Schafer explained to the group how and why the decision was made to build a new hospital. He gave an overview of the planning process and also shared several rendition exterior and interior drawings of the new building. It was a great opportunity for the business community to learn about the new hospital and ask questions.

“It was exciting to finally be able to share the building plans in some detail with the business and community leaders,” said Schafer. “We broke ground in September and they have already made considerable progress. If things go according to schedule, we anticipate moving into the new building in May 2016.” 
The new hospital is being built on highway H between highways 63 and 53. Visit to view a short video showing progress as of October 24.
Community groups interested in having a presentation about the hospital building project should contact Sue Quigley, SHS Administrative Assistant, at 715-635-1370 or





(Spooner)—Spooner Health System (SHS), in collaboration with North Ambulance, Washburn County Health & Human Services, Washburn County Emergency Management, Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Essentia—Spooner Clinic and other community partners, is preparing in the event the Ebola virus is suspected here.


“At this time, there are no reported cases of Ebola in Wisconsin, and the risk of contracting it remains extremely low,” said Jerri Pederson, Washburn County Public Health Officer. “Preparing and collaborating on the federal, state, and local level will ensure that the public and health care providers receive prompt public health information.”


“People are understandably concerned about the Ebola virus, especially with the cases recently diagnosed in the United States,” said Dr. Mark Van Etten, SHS Chief of Staff and Board Member. “While we work together to prepare, it’s also important to reassure everyone that Ebola can only be transmitted through contact with the body fluids of people who are sick with the virus, or who have died from it.”


Health care workers and first responders are aware that they must be especially cautious and follow precise safety practices in the event they are ever called on to assist or care for a patient with Ebola.


“Our hospital takes infection prevention seriously,” said Clint Miller, SHS Director of Patient Care. “As CDC guidelines change, we have a team reviewing the changes and updating our plans for isolating and transporting a patient with Ebola. We will be providing additional education and training to our staff as needed.”


“We want to stress that there are no reported cases of Ebola in Wisconsin, and the risk of contracting it remains extremely low in Wisconsin,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “DHS remains vigilant in its monitoring of the Ebola virus, and will continue to provide our partners and the public with the most current information and guidance concerning this disease.”   
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