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Why Choose Memorial

Here are the reasons why thousands of people from around the state choose Memorial Health Center, an Aspirus partner, for their medical care each year:

Top Doctors

Memorial Health Center chooses doctors carefully based on their educational background, medical skills, and their ability to work together.

Top Specialists

Our honored affiliation with Aspirus guarantees you access to some of the nation’s most trusted and experienced health experts. Aspirus is one of the nation’s elite healthcare facilities organizations, with world-class specialists in areas like:

Our affiliation with Aspirus increases local access to these services through visiting specialists who come to Memorial Health Center regularly, and by offering a continuum of care in one network.

The Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in cardiovascular care, including beating-heart surgery, treatments for atrial fibrillation, valve repair and replacement, minimally invasive surgery and research.

For more information about the services at Memorial Health Center by Aspirus visiting specialists call Memorial Health Center's Referral Coordinator, 715.748.8100 ext. 7297, visit www.Aspirus.org  or ask your provider about the specialty options available to you in Medford and in Wausau.


Aspirus chose to partner with Memorial Health Center. We too have earned the reputation of being an excellent health care provider, in addition to being convenient, having friendly nurses, and being committed to the community.

Most recently, Memorial Health Center has achieved the:

  • Memorial Health Center earned several Excellence awards from  Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC).  5-Star Excellence Award honors for our Inpatient Services, Medical/Surgical Unit.  Kathy Hemer, MSN, FNP-C, family nurse practitioner at Memorial Health Center Clinics – Medford also earned this award at the provider level. 4-Star Excellence Award honors went to Outpatient Services.
  • HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for 2013. As a top performing CAH, Memorial Health Center is recognized as being one of the best rural safety-net hospitals in the United States.
  • Milliman Care Guidelines’ Richard L. Doyle Award for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare.
  • Pathway to Excellence Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 5-Star Excellence Awards for quality of nursing care, radiology services, surgical services, and patient safety (as rated by the health center's medical staff) 
  • 4-Star Excellence Awards for quality of anesthesia services, emergency services, and as a place to practice medicine (as rated by the health center's medical staff)
  • 5-Star Excellence Award for quality of patient care achieved by Memorial Health Center's Family Center (birthing & delivery services)
  • 4-Star Excellence Award for inpatient patient care (inpatients are those who are admitted and spend the night at Memorial Health Center's hospital)
  • Pam Lugo, Ambulatory Care Registered Nurse, earned Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative's state-wide "Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice" Award
  • Rhonda Handel, Pediatric Care Registered Nurse, earned the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh's "Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice"  
  • Best Practices Award for hospital cleanliness
  • 5-Star Excellence Award for quality of patient care (Memorial Health Center's Family Center)  
  • 4-Star Excellence Award for quality of inpatient care (Inpatients are those who are admitted and spend the night at Memorial Health Center's hospital)
  • Top Five-Star Governmental Rating (Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center)
  • Senior Care Services' Cedar Lane CBRF Assisted Living facility found deficiency-free by state
  • Nominated for 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award 
  • Denise Carstensen, Memorial's Family Center RN/Director achieved Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative's state-wide "Excellence in Nursing Management" Award
  • Wellness Councils of America (WELCO) listed Memorial Health Center as one of America's Healthiest Companies
  • Satellite designation:  Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute - Memorial Health Center Campus
  • Top Five-Star Governmental Rating (Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center)
  • Nationally Ranked in the Top 100 - Modern Healthcare's "Best Places to Work in Healthcare"
  • 5-Star Excellence Award for quality of patient care (Memorial Health Center's Family Center)
  • Designation of a Level III Trauma Care Facility
  • Highest Overall Employee Satisfaction - SIGMA Award (exceeded scores from previous year; highest in SIGMA history)
  • Top Five-Star Governmental Rating (Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center) - December
  • a Deficiency-Free State Inspection (Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center)
  • National Rank of #23 by Modern Healthcare as the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare”
    Of the Top 100 identified, Memorial Health Center was the highest ranked of the three Wisconsin hospitals that made the national list.
  • Highest Overall Employee Satisfaction - SIGMA Award
  • Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ w/Blue Ribbon Designation
  • National Rural Health Quality Award (Memorial Health Center first Wisconsin hospital to achieve) 
  • Ernest A. Codman Award for diabetes management


Your family’s health comes first. Our compassionate doctors and staff are here to make sure it always does.

Commitment to Quality

As an Aspirus partner, Memorial Health Center shares and demonstrates daily the same dedication and commitment to excellence and compassion.

These values are shared by more than 500 employees of Memorial Health Center, and 3,000 Aspirus employees. Everything we do is focused on providing the very best quality, safety and service for our patients.

We know that our patients need to be cared for as individuals, as whole persons. As a partner of the Aspirus Healthcare System we continually raise the quality level of local health care and strengthen your access to specialty care – locally.

Memorial Health Center has a passion for excellence, a compassion for people.

Wisconsin hospitals are accountable for quality.   CheckPoint provides reliable information about the quality and safety of the care provided.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association's Information Center is dedicated to collecting and disseminating complete, accurate, and timely data about charges and services.  To review comparative data for select inpatient, outpatient, and/or emergency services, review PricePoint.


The health-related information and resources within this site are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or care that patients receive from their healthcare providers. Communication with your physician is your most important tool in determining the specific treatment that is best for you.

Call for an appointment with the
Memorial Health Center Clinic near you:

  • Gilman: 715-447-8293
  • Medford: 715-748-2121
  • Phillips: 715-339-4035
  • Prentice: 715-428-2521
  • Rib Lake: 715-427-5701
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As an Aspirus Inc. partner, Memorial Health Center participates in the Aspirus Network insurance plans. We are also a provider with the following plans:
   Managed Health Services
   Network Health Plan (a Badgercare HMO)
   Security Health Plan (a Badgercare HMO)

Use the Find a Doctor tool to identify the medical professional who best meets your needs.

Memorial Health Center continually offers health and wellness educational events and screenings that may be of interest to you or your family. Bookmark our Classes & Events.

The information within Memorial Health Center's online Medical Library is for general knowledge and awareness. Not all of the services and treatments noted within can be provided by Memorial Health Center.