With all the pomp and circumstance as only the Ho-Chunk Nation Drummers can do and under a beautiful spring sky, ground was broken today (Thursday) for a new dental facility near Black River Falls.
The 12,600 square foot facilty to be known as the Black River Falls Dental Center, located on the former Cherokee Club property along Highway 54 East of Black River Falls, will serve approximately 6,000 dental patients each year. According to Doctor Alec Thundercloud, the facility will also serve as a dental training site. Dr. Thundercloud is a specialist in community pediatrics, high risk pediatrics and child health advocate. Dr. Thundercloud said this monumental event proves that the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Marshfield Clinic, "Get it."
The president of the Marshfield Clinic thanked Ho-Chunk President, Jon Greendeer, for his help in the collaboration of the project. President Greendeer told the audience that it is truly remarkable that everyone was able to come together to celebrate a day like this.
Jackson County Board Chairman, Dennis Eberhardt said, "I'm excited. It's a dream come true." Chairman Eberhardt said that Jackson County is designated as a dental shortage area and our children need a dental home.
Marshfield Clinic President, Brian Ewert, said the clinic will serve people in all income levels. He noted that over 78 percent of Jackson County residents who are on medical assistance, could not receive proper dental care. He said dental care is the core of improving the overall health of patients.
Officials said the target date for completion and opening of the new clinic is October 1st of this year. The clinic will create 35 jobs plus professionals.