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After years of planning and nine months of construction, Langlade Hospital’s new Center for Health and Performance will be unveiled at a public open house on Saturday.

Hospital employees and hospital WelFit participants are getting their sneak peeks at the facility this afternoon, and a blessing by Rev. Omer Kelley is scheduled for 3 p.m. today.

Saturday’s open house will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with tours available every 15 minutes. Operations will commence Monday at 6 a.m., with 24 hour, seven-day-a-week secure access.

Refro said visitors—and new users—will see an expansive, state-of-the-art facility with amenities including an elevated walking track, locker areas and showers, aerobic and fitness class area, cardio and strength training equipment and a basketball and volleyball court completed with a high-tech cushioned flooring.

And most of all, Renfro said, they will still be dealing with the same professional, caring staff they have come to know and appreciate at the WelFit Center in the former hospital laundry on the city’s north side.

“Our staff really cares, and people appreciate that,” Renfro said. “When you walk in, they hold you accountable.”

The $3.18 million facility, at about 17,000 square feet, is triple the size of the hospital’s sports medicine complex located on Antigo’s north side.

The renamed Center for Health and Performance, with Dr. Bart Kneeland as medical director, caters to a wide audience, including patients with rehabilitation needs, student athletes, and members of the public interested in improving their health and fitness in a medically supervised setting.

The center features medically supervised guidance and a trained staff who will develop individualized programs for participants to meet their special needs, whether it involves cardiac improvements, increases in mobility following joint replacements, or general fitness. Physician approval is required.

The entire building is an extension off the south side of the Aspirus General Clinic, which is also undergoing extensive lower level and first floor improvements, renovations and an addition for full-time cardiac care. The hospital’s physical therapy and orthopedic departments are located on the second level.

The Center for Health and Performance and the second floor rehabilitation department of Langlade Hospital now share a new entrance, with an elevator providing access to the second-floor services.


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Sandi Robrecht and Greg Renfro on the main floor of the new Center for Health & Performance, which will open for public tours on Saturday.
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