Gundersen Tomah Clinic to reopen April 11

Gundersen Tomah Clinic to reopen April 11

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TOMAH — The Gundersen Tomah Clinic will reopen Monday, April 11, after being closed for nearly three months because frozen sprinkler pipes ruptured and flooded the building Jan. 15.

Clinic officials initially expected to be back in business within two weeks but expanded that to a month because of the damage from collapsed ceiling tiles, ruined flooring and partially drenched walls in the 22,000-square-foot clinic.

Even that proved too optimistic when workers became immersed in the task, which required new flooring, repairing and repainting interior walls in the 25-year-old building and replacing damaged furniture, equipment and supplies. That pushed the project into April.

The clinic has about 50 employees who normally care for about 200 patients a day, but during repairs, the employees and patients were deployed to other facilities, including Tomah Memorial Hospital and its walk-in clinic in Warrens, and Gundersen’s Sparta and Onalaska clinics.

The patients who went to Tomah Memorial, which rented its facilities as a way of helping Gundersen, still received treatment from Gundersen employees.

“We would like to thank our patients for their loyalty and willingness to travel to one of our alternative sites for care the past few months,” said Kathy Jo Coblentz, manager of the Gundersen Tomah Clinic.

“We owe a great deal of thanks to our community partners, especially Tomah Memorial Hospital and their CEO Phil Stuart for allowing us to use space at their Tomah and Warrens locations so our patients could still receive care as close to home as possible,” Coblentz said.

Insurance is expected to cover the damage, Gundersen officials have said.

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