Groundbreaking was held for a $14 million expansion project at Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic, 1630 Chippewa Drive. The addition of 22,000 square feet of new space will accommodate greater imaging services, more specialty care and additional space for primary care. The original clinic, built in 2008, is 28,000 square feet.

“We noticed a growing need for services in the region,” said Matthew Heywood, president and chief executive officer of Aspirus. “This project will help us improve people's lives in more ways."

The Rhinelander clinic offers primary care, walk-in care, behavioral health and specialty care along with cardiac rehabilitation and outpatient therapy services. “By expanding services in Rhinelander, Aspirus patients will be able to receive more care without having to leave the area,” said Robb Fabich, director-Aspirus Clinics.

The project is expected to be completed by next fall.

Aspirus employs 73 people at the clinic and expects to add another 20 jobs including seven new physicians and advance practice clinicians once the new addition is fully occupied.