Written by Jessica Meadows
For most of us, the holidays mean:
Spending time with family and friends . . .
Relaxing or going on vacation to enjoy a break from work . . .
Taking in the beautiful outdoors with snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing in the Northwoods.
For many employees of North Central Health Care (NCHC), though, work continues “round the clock.” Our healthcare services continue to be provided as the holidays come and go via programs like:
- Mount View Care Center
- Crisis Services / Lake View Crisis Community-Based Residential Facilities
- Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospital
- Lakeside Recovery
- Residential Services
Over 450 employees work in direct care at North Central Health Care,
and our residents’ care doesn’t stop for a holiday break.
Mount View Care Center
North Central Health Care’s team at Mount View Care Center in Wausau continues to provide skilled nursing care to almost 200 residents over the holiday season.
Employees get to enjoy the fun of the season alongside residents and their families who visit. Community groups may stop in to sing carols. Neighborhood holiday parties are held within the facility that include games, decorating, live music, and even baking holiday cookies.
Nurses, certified nursing assistants, recreation specialists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, and other support staff teams all ensure that residents are receiving the best care over the holidays.
Crisis Services / Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospital / Lakeside Recovery
In mental and behavioral programs that operate 24/7 on the NCHC Wausau Campus, NCHC employees work hard to infuse the spirit of the holidays in the program areas.
Working over the holidays can be a busy time in behavioral health programs as clients and patients may struggle with not being home for the holidays. Employees are able to spend time alongside patients and clients who may not have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays.
Operations run day and night in the Crisis Center, Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospital, and Lakeside Recovery. Mental and behavioral health professionals provide compassionate and specialized care for people with complex behavioral needs in our community.
North Central Health Care also operates eight different group homes and supported apartments in the Wausau area for adults with developmental disabilities or behavioral health challenges. Residents definitely enjoy and celebrate the holidays with the help of the staff at NCHC. Decorating trees, hanging wreaths, and planning holiday parties are among the many activities that happen with residents and families in our Residential Services.
Many residential care teams work 24/7 to keep our residents happy, healthy, and well cared for over the holidays.
In addition to direct-care staff who work over the holidays, many employees work in support-care programs such as:
- Food Services
- Switchboard Operations
These are the behind-the-scenes professionals who keep our residents’ bellies full; our facility clean and looking great; and our programs equipped with everything they need to maintain services and communication at all times — including the holidays.
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Our team at NCHC has the great privilege of being able to make a difference in the lives of SO MANY in our community and to live out our Vision of Lives Enriched and Fulfilled.
As our staff work over the holidays, we extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifice and dedication toward making our organization — and our broader community — a better and more holly, jolly place.
We THANK YOU, NCHC staff, for all you do!
Communications & Marketing Coordinator | North Central Health Care
As the Communications and Marketing Coordinator at North Central Health Care (NCHC), Jessica Meadows is passionate about being able to use her creative talents to connect people to healthcare, resources, and networking that will impact their life in a positive way. Prior to joining NCHC, she was a Creative Director and leader at a marketing agency in the Stevens Point area. With almost 20 years’ experience in print, web, social media, video, radio, and public relations, it was important for her to connect back to her roots here in the Wausau area, where she and her husband raise their two young children. When she’s not busy at an event or volunteering, she enjoys playing sports, coaching, biking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. Email Jessica Meadows.
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