GREEN BAY - With thousands of workers here daily, and soon thousands of new renters living downtown, Green Bay leaders say there's something all those people need: Health care.
“You look at just the enthusiasm from around downtown with the other companies coming here, the people living downtown and the living situations being created,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President of Prevea Health.
Prevea Health President Doctor Ashok Rai helped unveil plans for an urgent care clinic in the vacant store front on Washington Street. It's on the ground floor of the Cherry Street parking ramp.
Rai hopes the location will prove convenient, beyond the quick cure for what's ailing you.
“We've always partnered with events but having a hub station. Not having to put out a tent but actually having a clinic here down the street it will make the area more vibrant for its activities,” said Rai.
The 4,000 square foot property has been for lease since the parking garage opened a few years ago. The city says it was looking for the right kind of tenant to have a long-term agreement with.
“We weren't really crazy about having a liquor license there. You know, we have some great establishments here, some that we even need to upgrade a little more, but you know when you look at what makes a vibrant community you need the arts, you need the jobs, you need the housing, but you need the health care as well,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
That health care will be here sooner than you think. Construction starts this month, and the clinic is set to open in May.
The new Prevea health clinic expects to add up to ten jobs. It will become the clinic's fifth urgent care center in the Green Bay area and its eighth Northeast Wisconsin.