NCHC’s Aquatic Physical Therapy Pool: The Time Is NOW for a Decision

Written by Brad Karger

NCHC Youth Aquatic Therapy Pool User

In March, some important decisions are going to be made regarding the future of aquatic physical therapy at North Central Health Care, after one last push to gather facts and hear opinions of Marathon County residents.

Since 2008, the issue has been questioned and studied, but decisions have been postponed time and again. The time is NOW for a decision…

NCHC logo

We invite you to attend the two meetings below to have your voice heard on this important community resource.

The decision on aquatic physical therapy will impact you in one way or another —  either as a FUNDER or a PARTICIPANT (or perhaps both).

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WHAT: The Marathon County Board is considering a $6- to $7-million-dollar investment in a new therapy pool at North Central Health Care (NCHC).

NCHC Water Therapy Class
NCHC Water Therapy Class

WHY: The aquatic therapy pool on the North Central Health Care campus is at the end of its useful life. NCHC’s warm-water (90–92°) aquatic physical therapy services provide low-impact rehabilitation that can increase range of motion, improve balance, increase strength, and reduce pain for people recovering from surgery or an injury, as well as those with physical disabilities or musculoskeletal conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, or lower back pain.

NCHC Wheelchair-Accessible Therapy Pool User

WHO: Marathon County’s Health and Human Services Committee — chaired by Matt Bootz — is taking the lead in investigating this community issue and has dedicated its two March meetings exclusively to the topic.


  • March 14, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room at the Marathon County Courthouse the HHS Committee will hear from a panel of experts including pool engineers/designers (on the cost of a new pool) and referring physicians (on the benefits of aquatic physical therapy).
  • March 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Theater at North Central Health Care the HHS Committee will listen to the ideas and preferences of residents with regard to the future of NCHC’s aquatic therapy pool.

HOW: Click the links below to access the meeting agendas of the HHS Committee’s March meetings:

You can learn more about NCHC’s aquatic therapy services in the video below.

Government functions best when people are informed and participate in the decision-making process…

Please consider investing your time in helping make a good decision for our community on the future of the NCHC aquatic therapy pool.

Brad Karger - Marathon County AdministratorBrad Karger

Marathon County Administrator

In his Administrator role, Brad Karger leads an organization with 700+ employees and an annual budget of more than $170 million. Brad has been in leadership positions with Marathon County for the past 29 years. He is known statewide for generating innovative ideas and solutions to problems, openness and transparency, and a commitment to community service that extends well beyond the normal workday. Email Brad Karger