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Wausau VA to relocate, expand in former Rothschild Shopko location

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) - By January 2022, veterans in central Wisconsin will have more options when it comes to VA health services. The Tomah VA finalized the purchase of the Shopko building in Rothschild on Tuesday.

The clinic is expected to offer services for vision, hearing, and dental work. But since the Shopko building is so much bigger than the current location, the VA will bring new programs, too.

“So the new things would include things like acupuncture and chiropractic services. Whole health is a really big issue that helps veterans out. We’ve had great success in Tomah and we’ve expanded it out across the VA system,” Tomah VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer Scott Gomer said.

The current Wausau VA clinic is located at 515 S 32nd Ave.

The new addition is something village leaders are excited about. They know it will be a major benefit to local veterans.

“We have so much to be thankful for with our veterans. To have a place for them to come and to get help and to get their medical care right here in Rothschild is huge,” Rothschild Village Administrator Gary Olsen said.

The plans for the new building are being drawn up right now. The building could be done by this time next year.

“Right now the project is in the design phase. We’re expecting an opening somewhere in the winter of 2021-22,” Gomer said.

Olsen believes the center will be a regional draw and could help increase consumer spending for businesses in the area.

“The design for the building looks really sharp so it’s going to be a nice addition to the area. It’ll bring a lot more foot traffic in, it’ll help restaurants and everything in the area,” Olsen said.

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