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Bellin Health plans pediatric and adolescent specialty clinic in Ashwaubenon

The specialty care clinic is expected to open in the first few months of 2024.
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 1:09 PM CDT
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - Bellin Health announced Tuesday it’s building a new specialty care clinic focusing on children and teens. The clinic will be built near the Highway 172 overpass at Ashland Ave. in Ashwaubenon.

Last week, Bellin Health announced a new Adolescent Team, which will operate part-time out of the east De Pere clinic. The clinic will give the Adolescent Team a full-time home, which Bellin Health says is the first clinic in the area specifically addressing the physical and mental health needs of adolescents.

“There’s a mental health crisis happening right now, and that’s across the nation, and we really need to help them and look for different ways [to address it],” Dr. Sherri Hoyman, pediatrician and chief medical information officer, said.

The specialty care clinic is expected to open in the first few months of 2024. Construction is expected to begin in December.

“We want to bring the right care close to home. While we can’t promise all care can be done in this area because we need the right care done for each patient as well. So if we can safely do that care here in the area, we want to do that as much as we can,” Dr. Hoyman said.

The new clinic will be owned and operated by Bellin but is part of Bellin Health’s partnership with Children’s Wisconsin and ThedaCare. Bellin will provide pediatric primary care and psychiatric services, with specialty services using providers from both Children’s Wisconsin and Bellin Health. Bellin Health says families will find new and existing care providers from both health systems.

“We want to bring the right care close to home."

According to Bellin Health, it will help families, especially those living in the Upper Michigan Peninsula avoid driving to Milwaukee for specialty care.

“It’s important to keep services local as well. But I also think where there specific services, specific for children, we’re going to try and consolidate them into this building,” Bellin Health Senior Vice President for Primary Care Amy Dettman said.

Bellin didn’t have renderings of the two-story building or how much it will cost. Details on the specific type of services the facility will offer are being worked out.

Besides children and teenagers, the facility will also serve adults with severe cognitive disabilities.

“This is another example of health systems in the region collaborating and working together to improve how we serve kids and families,” Gail Ostrander, vice president of Children’s Wisconsin’s Northeast Regional Services, wrote in a statement. “Families understand kids are not little adults, and more and more are choosing to have their kids seen by Children’s Wisconsin specialists. This clinic and partnership will help us support even more families.”

“This clinic is a very tangible part of our commitment to transforming the health and well-being of children and adolescents in our region through this joint endeavor,” Bellin Health president/CEO Chris Woleske wrote. “It is a critical element of our steadfast commitment to the children and families of our region, and we are so excited to be taking this step to serve them better.”

Bellin will provide pediatric primary care and psychiatric services, with specialty services using providers from both Children’s Wisconsin and Bellin Health.

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