Together Through the Seasons :: National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 9-15, 2021)

Written by Jessica Meadows


On May 9–15, 2021, we celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week. This is one of the most important events of the year for local nursing homes. Held annually since 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, National Skilled Nursing Care Week recognizes the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for our seniors and individuals with disabilities.

This year, we honor the collaborative commitment of skilled nursing care facilities and their staff in providing compassionate care to their residents during this unprecedented time.

Over the past year, despite the challenges of the pandemic, Mount View Care Center and their staff have shown an incredible and steadfast commitment to providing quality care and ensuring the safety of their residents.

During this week of celebration, we will focus on this collective effort and the amazing strength and dedication of those who work tirelessly every day to care for and protect frail, elderly, and disabled adults in long-term care. With each new season, comes new beginnings, new strategies, and new information. Together, we will get through this, and together we will begin to heal.

We thank all those throughout Marathon County who provide skilled nursing services. Your dedication to caring for others is admirable and we thank you for all your sacrifice, talent, and compassion.

Rendering of the finished 96-bed skilled nursing facility expected to open Late Summer 2021. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

We would be remiss if we also did not include a renovation update to celebrate the progress and our commitment to high-quality skilled nursing services in Marathon County. Below is a view of the new 96-bed skilled nursing facility at the North Central Health Care Campus in Wausau.

Current progress of the Skilled Nursing Tower to replace the existing Mount View Care Center structure built in 1985. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

The parking lots will be finished up later in May, and the interior will be getting the final paint, flooring, equipment installation, décor, and furniture installation completed in the upcoming months of June and July.

Construction on the skilled nursing facility began in 2019 as part of a multi-phase project that includes the Aquatic Therapy Center, Skilled Nursing Facility, Behavioral Health Hospitals for Youth and Adults, Crisis Services, as well as renovations to the existing NCHC Wausau Campus structures.

Michael Loy, CEO of NCHC (left) and Troy Torgerson, Marathon County Facilities & Capital Management Project Manager, stand together at the base of the skilled nursing tower entrance in early 2021. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

The new entrance to the facility has been reimagined, including a community bistro, open-air courtyard, and rooftop garden. Upon entry, the lobby boasts a large fireplace, open seating, and generous space for families and our community to gather.

The entrance to the lobby has a generous amount of space to enjoy a coffee, soup, or sandwich from the bistro with family or friends or a visit to the Gift Shop. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

The open-air courtyard provides even more connection with our natural surroundings, as well as additional seating. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

The bistro at the entrance welcomes families and our community and will provide a delicious assortment of breakfast and lunch options. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

The floor plan of the new nursing home tower has been reimagined into multiple, small, house-style neighborhoods, serving 16 residents each. The new building also includes a new physical therapy gym, food services kitchen, and nursing administration areas, which all will be directly connected to the new Aquatic Therapy Center that was completed in June 2020.

Resident rooms feature large picture windows, natural look materials, and all private bathrooms, including a toilet and walk-out shower. (Photo courtesy of North Central Health Care.)

At NCHC, our employees, residents, and families eagerly await the completion of the skilled nursing tower, estimated for completion in July 2021. Stay tuned for more photos at and for announcements about resident and family tours.

This summer, we will also announce open house dates, where our community will be able to tour the inside of the new skilled nursing tower and see firsthand the future of skilled nursing.

We are all extremely excited to continue providing high-quality skilled nursing care in a modern facility that will provide efficiency, support higher acuity levels of care, and set Marathon County apart as a leader in skilled nursing, mental health, and behavioral health care for generations to come!

Jessica_MeadowsJessica Meadows

Communications & Marketing Director  |  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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