Gaining Ground Gardens :: Growing Inmate Skills Through Horticulture Therapy

Gaining Ground Gardens is a new community garden in Wausau using UW-Extension staff and area volunteers to introduce Marathon County Jail inmates to therapeutic horticulture. A garden was also started at the Marathon County Juvenile Facility. The gardens aim to provide stress relief, a sense of purpose and belonging, and strengthened vocational skills to community members in need.

Gaining Ground Gardens was created solely with private donations. With financial support, the gardens aim to add walkways, birdhouses, additional beds, rain barrels, and a garden shed. The gardens are also seeking volunteers to assist with mentoring and gardening advice for participants. (Click the title for details…)

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month :: Local Resources Abound to Help Maintain Mental Health or Treat a Mental Illness

Whether you have a concern about a loved one or a friend — or you’re living with a mental health challenge yourself — help is available in Marathon County.

Mental Health Month is a great time to raise awareness about local resources to assist those with mental illness, such as North Central Health Care’s emergency & crisis services and United Way of Marathon County’s 2-1-1 FREE information & referral service. (Click the title for details.)

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See the Preliminary Plan for North Central Health Care’s Major Renovations to Their Wausau Campus

With a bistro featuring open-air seating, an outdoor gazebo, and other features that will be open to the public, this major renovation to NCHC is of interest to ALL in the community. See the exciting preliminary design renderings… The traditional, brick building will be blended with new wood and modern features to allow the health care campus to merge together as one cohesive facility.

Partnering together, Marathon County and North Central Health Care are proud to present the future facility for mental health, behavioral health, and skilled nursing care in Central Wisconsin. (Click the title for details.)

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Meet ALVIN :: North Central Health Care’s New Therapy Dog

North Central Health Care is holding a flower sale March 25–April 5 as a fundraiser to support their brand-new therapy dog: Alvin.

Alvin will primarily work in Lakeside Recovery and Behavioral Health Services at NCHC’s Wausau Campus as a certified therapy dog, but he can be used in a variety of ways across NCHC’s continuum of care. This adorable Golden Doodle has hypoallergenic fur, which is great for a healthcare setting. (Click the title for details.)

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Goin’ Green in Marathon County

North Central Health Care, Marathon County Health Department, and Bridge Community Health Clinic are partnering together on several projects for a healthier — and greener — Marathon County.

Read about these local initiatives to compost, replace Styrofoam containers, swap out plastic straws for a greener alternative, and more. (Click the title for details.)

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Our Thanks to Dedicated NCHC Staff Who Work Through the Holidays

Over 450 employees work in direct care at North Central Health Care. For many, their caregiving and support services work doesn’t stop for a holiday break.

Take a peek “behind the scenes” during the holidays at NCHC. And please join us in THANKING the dedicated staff who work to keep local residents fed and cared for, the facility clean, and operations up and running so NCHC stays “merry and bright” during the holidays. (Click the title for details.)

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North Central Health Care Earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

North Central Health Care (NCHC) achieved the Gold Seal of Approval for its commitment to providing safe and effective care. As NCHC has evolved to meet the needs of our community, it has remained steady in its person-centered, outcome-focused approach to ensuring that each individual receives customized, innovative care designed around his or her challenges.

Get the details on this local healthcare center’s latest distinction . . . (Click the title for details.)

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Marathon County Graduated Its First 2 Classes of LENA Start Students :: FREE Early Language Program Expected to DOUBLE for Fall

Learn more about this local early language program’s results and how to sign up to assist with the program or to have your child (ages birth to 32 months) participate in the upcoming fall session, which includes FREE books, meals, childcare, and more! (Click the title to learn more…)

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Dirt (Yes, DIRT!) Therapy :: Growing Plants, Growing Ourselves

A new initiative of Marathon County University of Wisconsin–Extension seeks to develop community partnerships that bring the healing power of therapeutic horticulture to people facing addiction, disabilities, illness, or other life circumstances. The seeds of these therapy programs produce much more than just great fruits and veggies! (Click the title for details.)