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Northern Health Centers, which had operated the White Lake clinic, is now officially part of NorthLakes Community Clinic.

The merger of the two facilities, announced early this year, officially took place on Friday following a decision by the Northern Health Center board of directors last year.

“As a smaller community health center, we determined it was time to find a partner that could provide us more depth in some of the foundational back-end aspects of running a community health center,” Shelly White, CEO of Northern Health Centers, said. “Merging with NorthLakes Community Clinic allows us to continue serving the people of northeast Wisconsin, while having additional resources available to improve overall patient experience and stabilize our future.”

White, along with the rest of the Northern Health Centers staff, will remain on the team and additional dental, medical and mental health providers and staff are being hired. The White Lake, Oconto and Lakewood locations will all remain open.

“As a regional community health center, we are also exploring ways to actively remove barriers to care,” NorthLakes Community Clinic CEO Reba Rice said. “This merger provides an opportunity to ensure patients in northeast Wisconsin have access to high quality, affordable care. We strongly believe everyone deserves access to care and are always looking for ways to achieve that mission.”

Patients will notice few changes, other than communication and billing now coming from NorthLakes Community Clinic, Rice said. There will also be an additional resource available for patients via a change in the Sliding Fee Scale. As part of this merger, under- or un-insured patients who qualify for the first level of the scale will now have a zero dollar co-pay. Prior to the merge, their co-pay was $20.

Headquartered in Iron River, NorthLakes Community Clinic is a regional community health center, with additional clinic locations in Ashland, Balsam Lake, Birchwood, Hayward, Minong, Park Falls, Turtle Lake and Washburn.

The White Lake Clinic opened in 2014 as a joint effort between Aspirus Langlade Hospital, which owns the building, and Northern Health Centers, responsible for staffing.

But a year ago its future seemed in doubt, when Northern Health Centers announced quietly that its executive board had voted to close the facility, citing a $30,000 annually loss it termed unsustainable.

That generated a tremendous amount of community response, with Northern Health officials stating at a Langlade County Board of Health meeting held in White Lake that they were open to other options.
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The Northern Health Centers team posed during a recent orientation. The center, which operates a clinic in White Lake, has completed its merger with NorthLakes Community Clinic.

White Lake clinic survives a challenge
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Northern Health Centers, which had operated the White Lake clinic, is now officially part of NorthLakes Community Clinic.

The merger of the two facilities, announced early this year, officially took place on Friday following a decision by the Northern Health Center board of directors last year.

“As a smaller community health center, we determined it was time to find a partner that could provide us more depth in some of the foundational back-end aspects of running a community health center,” Shelly White, CEO of Northern Health Centers, said. “Merging with NorthLakes Community Clinic allows us to continue serving the people of northeast Wisconsin, while having additional resources available to improve overall patient experience and stabilize our future.”

White, along with the rest of the Northern Health Centers staff, will remain on the team and additional dental, medical and mental health providers and staff are being hired. The White Lake, Oconto and Lakewood locations will all remain open.

“As a regional community health center, we are also exploring ways to actively remove barriers to care,” NorthLakes Community Clinic CEO Reba Rice said. “This merger provides an opportunity to ensure patients in northeast Wisconsin have access to high quality, affordable care. We strongly believe everyone deserves access to care and are always looking for ways to achieve that mission.”

Patients will notice few changes, other than communication and billing now coming from NorthLakes Community Clinic, Rice said. There will also be an additional resource available for patients via a change in the Sliding Fee Scale. As part of this merger, under- or un-insured patients who qualify for the first level of the scale will now have a zero dollar co-pay. Prior to the merge, their co-pay was $20.

Headquartered in Iron River, NorthLakes Community Clinic is a regional community health center, with additional clinic locations in Ashland, Balsam Lake, Birchwood, Hayward, Minong, Park Falls, Turtle Lake and Washburn.

The White Lake Clinic opened in 2014 as a joint effort between Aspirus Langlade Hospital, which owns the building, and Northern Health Centers, responsible for staffing.

But a year ago its future seemed in doubt, when Northern Health Centers announced quietly that its executive board had voted to close the facility, citing a $30,000 annually loss it termed unsustainable.

That generated a tremendous amount of community response, with Northern Health officials stating at a Langlade County Board of Health meeting held in White Lake that they were open to other options.
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The Northern Health Centers team posed during a recent orientation. The center, which operates a clinic in White Lake, has completed its merger with NorthLakes Community Clinic.
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