Who We Are (CHC)
NorthLakes Community Clinic is proud to be a Community Health Center (CHC). We are working to improve the health of our communities. As a Community Health Center, NorthLakes is a non-profit organization (501(c)3) managed by a patient majority board of directors. Community Health Centers provide care to everyone, including those with commercial insurance, those with government insurance (Medicaid and Medicare) and those without insurance. In addition, Community Health Centers provide comprehensive, integrated, whole person care including medical, dental, behavioral health and prescription services.
As a Community Health Center and National Health Service Corp. we promise to:
- Serve all patients
- Offer discounted fees for patients who qualify (NorthLakes Sliding Fee Scale)
- Not deny services based on a person’s: Race, Color, Sex, National Origin, Disability, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Inability to pay
- Accept insurance, including: Medicaid, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
This facility is a member of the National Health Services Corps.
NorthLakes Community Clinic is the result of the merging of North Woods and The Lakes Community Health Centers in 2013. Founded in 1976, North Woods provided medical and dental services from clinics in Minong and Hayward Wisconsin. The Lakes, which was formed in 2008 provided medical, dental, behavioral health and physical therapy services to patients from clinics in Iron River and Ashland Wisconsin.
While each NorthLakes clinic is unique to the community it serves, the expanded organization makes it possible for all clinics to expand services while remaining cost efficient. Today, NorthLakes Community Clinic employs over 200 people in 6 communities and continues to add new services as well as new jobs.
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader
Our Community Health Center has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s designation of “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in 2015 and 2016. To earn the designation, facilities must train staff in LGBTQ health care, have LGBTQ-responsive policies, and disseminate those policies to the public and staff members. We support civil rights and LGBTQ health equality. Our health centers provide responsive, compassionate and respectful care in a welcoming environment.
NorthLakes Community Clinic is proud of its commitment to provide quality health care and related services that are sensitive to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Our providers, and staff have the range of experience and expertise to bring health, hope, and peace of mind to our LGBT patients, regardless of what issues they may be facing. Healthcare Equality Index (HEI)
We don’t judge. We care.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President, Robert Holman -Minong
Vice President, Beth Probst -Iron River
Treasurer, Stephanie Laakson -Hayward
Secretary, Dr. John Schrock -Brule
Carol Anderson -Iron River
Christine Austin -Iron River
Rick Dowd -Ashland
Jon Flynn -Ashland
Peggy Hipsher -Tripp
John Joseph -Iron River
Gina Kirsten -Washburn
Patsy Quick -Minong
Jane Snilsberg -Iron River
Hannah Sorensen -Ashland
Mark Witmer -Minong
Chief Executive Officer, Reba Rice
Chief Operations Officer, Jason Akl
Chief Financial Officer, Brian Ahlgren