World Elder Abuse Awareness Day :: A Day to Educate, Inform, & STOP Elder Abuse Around the World

The Marathon County Board passed a proclamation on June 23, 2020, recognizing Elder Abuse Awareness in Marathon County. 

Elder abuse affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. Learn how to identify and report suspected elder abuse.  (Click the title for details . . .)

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North Central Health Care (NCHC) Renovations On Track at Wausau Campus Amid COVID-19 Precautions

See the latest updates on the renovations and future of health care in Central Wisconsin. NCHC is making great progress on its Warm Water Therapeutic Pool, Youth Psychiatric Hospital, Community-Based Residential Facility, and Skilled Nursing Tower. (Click the title for details . . .)

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North Central Health Care Is — Quite Literally — Building the Future of Mental & Behavioral Health, Aquatic Therapy, & Skilled Nursing Care in Central Wisconsin

Together, North Central Health Care & Marathon County Government are embarking on $73 million in campus renovations, along with several program changes and additions. Highlights include constructing a $6 million Aquatic Therapy Pool and a 4-story Skilled Nursing Tower; transitioning NCHC’s Birth to 3 Program to Marathon County Special Education; and NCHC taking over management of Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, as well as beginning to provide developmental disability services in Lincoln County. Get the details on NCHC’s renovations and service transitions in the full article. (Click the title for details . . .)

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Ridin’ Rides — & BULLS ’n BRONCOS — at the 2019 WI Valley Fair

The most talked-about feature of the 151st annual Wisconsin Valley Fair was the addition of a traditional rodeo put on by Dakota Rodeo Company. If you missed all the bull-riding, barrel-racing, and calf-roping ACTION, check out the stunning visual highlights in the full story.

What’s more? Plans are in the works to bring the rodeo back for another go ’round at the Wisconsin Valley Fair next year! (Click the title for details…)

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.)