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Wisconsin-based hospital expanding services to Stephenson County


Another Wisconsin-based hospital is looking to tap into the Northern Illinois market.

The Monroe Clinic just bought a clinic and the property around it, in Freeport.

So many more Illinois patients are making the 30 minute drive to the Monroe Clinic from Freeport.

The hospital has decided to open medical offices close to them.

"We've seen an increase of over 50% of patients from that area over the last 8 to 10 years," said Monroe Clinic President and CEO Mike Sanders, "And we are looking for options to better serve that community."

Sanders says the company recently purchased the Highland Women's Care building in Freeport, along with the surrounding property.

While that's a done deal, what services they plan to offer there is still in the works.

"We are looking at things like diagnostic services, imaging services, potentially an expansion of the range of specialities that we currently provide in the area." said Sanders.

The Monroe Clinic currently employs more than 200 people from the Stephenson County area.

This move cuts down their drive to work too, if they choose to work in the new facilities.

"There opportunities for our employees to grow," said Patricia Lawson, Marketing Director at Monroe Clinic, "Opportunities for us to look at other specialities that will meet needs."

The feeling is the possibilities are endless with the new clinics.

As the long road to better health is now shorter for patients.

"By making services more convenient for patients we are going to get better outcomes over the long run," said Sanders. "And have a positive impact on the community."

Monroe Clinic officials say nothing will change for the Highland Women's Care patients now that they bought it.

The plan is to build and expand services around it.

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