EAU CLAIRE, WI – JUNE 10, 2024 –Oakleaf Clinics has added two Urgent Care facilities to help provide additional critical healthcare services for patients in the Chippewa Valley who have lost two Emergency Rooms since HSHS closed its doors in April. The Chippewa Falls Urgent Care opens today; The Menomonie Urgent Care opens on Monday, June 17. These are the first Urgent Care facilities for OakLeaf Clinics, the largest clinic in the OakLeaf Medical Network.

Urgent Care
Urgent Cares are drop-in clinics open during regular business hours as well as extended hours during the week and on the weekends meant for patients who have urgent, but not life-threatening injuries or illnesses. OakLeaf Clinics Urgent Care facilities can treat a wide range of illnesses including asthma, allergic reactions, colds, flus, pink eye, ear infections, bug bites, sinus pressure and/or infections, bronchitis, and strep throat. In addition, conditions such as minor cuts, animal bites, falls, sprains, strains, and broken bones. Patients will also be able to receive stitches for simple lacerations at both OakLeaf Clinics’ Urgent Cares.

Dr. Erik Dickson is the medical director for Urgent Care at OakLeaf Clinics.
“Adding Urgent Care capacity has been one of the highest priorities for OakLeaf Clinics since HSHS made the announcement that it was closing its hospitals and the Prevea clinics in Western Wisconsin,” said Dr. Dickson. “Thousands of patients in Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and the surrounding areas that need urgent treatment can now be treated at these Urgent Care facilities. We hope that having this Urgent Care capacity will mean that Eau Claire emergency rooms will see fewer patients, thus helping them lower wait times.”

Both OakLeaf Clinics’ Urgent Cares will be staffed with advanced practice providers and RNs and have x-ray and lab services available. OakLeaf Clinics has hired five advanced practice providers and additional support staff, all former Prevea Clinic employees, to provide these critical services. They include Stacie Zais, FNP, Emily Fisher FNP, Elizabeth Crotteau PA-C, Katilin Hollister PA-C, and April Byers FNP.

“We’ve been able to add a great, experienced Urgent Care team who has worked together for years to add these services to patients throughout the Chippewa Valley,” added Dr. Dickson. “Keeping these skilled advanced practice providers in place in Chippewa Falls and Menomonie will help fill important care gaps left by HSHS’s departure.”

Chippewa Falls
To add Urgent Care capacity in Chippewa Falls, OakLeaf Clinics converted part of its existing clinic at 855 Lakeland Drive, which is easy to access. The new Urgent Care is near the recently closed St. Joseph’s Hospital about five (5) minutes from downtown Chippewa Falls, near the intersection of Highway 178 and County I, about 5 minutes north of the 29/178 interchange and about 5 minutes south of the County Road S/178 interchange. The Chippewa Falls Urgent Care will be open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm through June. Starting July 1, the Chippewa Falls Urgent Care will extend its hours and be open Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 2pm, and holidays 8am to 12noon.

The Menomonie Urgent Care is a new OakLeaf Clinics location purchased from Prevea, and is shared with fellow OakLeaf Medical Network member Foot & Ankle Clinic. It is conveniently located at 2919 Stout Road, Menomonie, about five (5) minutes east of downtown Menomonie from the 12/29/1-94 ALT interchange, and about 10 minutes southeast from the I-94/I-94 ALT interchange. The Menomonie Urgent Care will be open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm through starting June 17 through June 30. Starting July 1, the Menomonie Urgent Care will extend its hours and be open Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 2pm, and holidays 8am to 12noon.

About OakLeaf Clinics
OakLeaf Clinics, the largest clinic in the OakLeaf Medical Network, provides primary and specialty care through its 11 clinics in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Ladysmith, Menomonie, Rice Lake, and outreach clinics in Altoona, Amery, Baldwin, Black River Falls, Cumberland, Shell Lake, Stanley and Turtle Lake.

About OakLeaf Medical Network
OakLeaf Medical Network, comprised exclusively of independent clinics, is the largest independent physician association in Western Wisconsin, with over 350 medical providers (130 physicians) with 40 specialties working across 31 clinics in 15 counties. Over 50,000 primary care patients are served by OakLeaf Medical Network providers. Originally founded in 1994 by a local group of physicians committed to preserving the unique values of independent medical practices including personal care, continuity of care, and easier access to care, as a “clinic without walls,” the organization has evolved and grown over time.

Today the clinics under the OakLeaf Medical Network include: OakLeaf Clinics (founded in 2015) with its 11 divisions, Buffalo River Clinic, Chippewa Valley Anesthesia Associates, Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Valley Neurosciences, Chippewa Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Confluence Healthcare, DeFatta ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology Associates, Eau Claire G.I. Associates, Evergreen Surgical, Foot and Ankle Clinic, Hesse Foot & Ankle Clinic, Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin, Medical X-Ray Consultants, Merrick Plastic & Hand Surgery, Northwest Radiation Oncology Associates, Nystrom & Associates, Pathology, SC, Plastic Spears Pain and Rehab, Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire, Sunrise Family Care Clinic, Thomas Peller, MD, Western Wisconsin Urology, Winding Rivers Counseling, and Wisconsin Brain & Spine Center.
OakLeaf Medical Network clinics are in the following counties: Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Trempealeau, and Washburn.

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