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Marshfield Clinic Health System adds ambulance service in the Northwoods

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NORTHWOODS, Wis (WAOW) -- Marshfield Clinic Health System is expanding their services in the Northwoods by adding an ambulance service.

The health care system operates hospitals in Minocqua and Park Falls.

The ambulance service launched in December, but will not be used for emergency or 911 calls. Rather, the service is utilized as an inter-facility transfer service.

The health system said this will help increase access to healthcare for those living in rural areas.

"Some patients from both Park Falls and Minocqua require specialty care at larger medical centers... having a reliable local source to take those patients away is a significant improvement," said Dr. Michael Schaars.

Since it was launched, the ambulance service has been used by 44 patients.

Sarah McGrew

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