Expanded Oconto Hospital Gets New Name


OCONTO – A major expansion of the city’s local hospital includes updating the facility’s name to Bellin Health Oconto Hospital.

“The name reflects that we are a local hospital, dedicated to providing excellent care to the people of Oconto and the surrounding areas. It also clearly identifies us as part of the Bellin Health system, an organization known nationally for high-quality, affordable care,” said Laura Cormier, vice president of operations. “Together, Bellin Health Oconto Hospital conveys a message of quality care in our own backyard.”

The name update is effective immediately.

Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, 820 Arbutus Ave., is in the midst of a $15 million project that began late last year and will expand the facility from 11,000-square-feet to more than 44,000-square-feet.

“The expansion is designed to offer local options that bring quality specialists into the community for the convenience of patients living in Oconto County and the surrounding areas,” said Chris Woleske, executive vice president, Bellin Health.

The hospital, formerly known as “Oconto Hospital & Medical Center,” receives 7,000 patients annually. That number is expected to rise to 16,000 patients after the expansion project, slated to be completion this summer.

The community will have an opportunity to see the expanded facility firsthand, at an open house planned for Saturday, Sept. 22.

Bellin Health Oconto Hospital offers emergency care, therapy, imaging (CT, X-ray, and ultrasound), urgent care, sleep study, telemedicine, swing bed (hospital beds that can be used either for acute care or long-term care) and other basic services.

With the planned expansion, the hospital will offer additional services to include:

  • Primary care clinic
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Colonoscopy and other gastrointestinal services
  • Cardiac echograms and stress testing
  • Expanded infusion care, including chemotherapy
  • Expanded behavioral health services
  • Specialist services including orthopedics, cardiology, gynecology, ophthalmology, general surgery, ENT, urology and oncology

Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, in partnership with the Bond Community Center, also offers an array of programs and activities to help meet the community’s broader health and social needs. Such programs include educational outreach, health screenings and support groups as well as free clinics and vaccinations.

Upon completion of the expansion project, the facility will be home to about 85 employees. It currently has 40 employees.

About Bellin Health
Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated health care delivery system based in Green Bay, Wis. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 29 Bellin Health Family Medical Center primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization with more than 208 specialty physician members, the Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Bellin Fitness Center with four locations, and Bellin College. With its 3,080 employees, Bellin Health is known for its emphasis on preventive health care and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine.

About the Oconto Hospital Citizens’ Foundation
The Oconto Hospital Citizens’ Foundation is a 50/50 partner with Bellin Health in the ownership of Bellin Health Oconto Hospital. The Citizens’ Foundation is designed to secure long-range financial stability and establish hospital board governance through the people of Oconto. This partnership arrangement ensures that 50 percent ownership of the hospital will remain local. Local governance assures decision-making that best serves the interests of Oconto.