City moving forward with shared clinic talks

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

April 19, 2014

WAUKESHA – The city is moving forward with discussion on a proposed shared municipal clinic, and the Finance Committee on Tuesday night will decide what recommendation about the clinic to give the Common Council.

Officials with Waukesha County and the Waukesha School District have already approved an intergovernmental agreement for the clinic, which is planned to be operated in the former Public Health Building at 515 W. Moreland Blvd.

North Carolina-based HealthStat won the bid to operate the clinic. The company projected the county, city of Waukesha and Waukesha School District could save $8 million over five years.

While the health clinic proposal hasn’t always been without controversy, it has come under increased scrutiny since a presentation to the Common Council by Pro-Health Care last month.

ProHealth officials argued they could provide a better proposal using facilities they have in the county, and the city has since slowed its process for entering into the agreement.

Former Mayor Jeff Scrima was critical of the clinic after ProHealth Care’s presentation, sending emails to all city employees, saying that for the county to meet its projected cost savings with the clinic, employees would be required to use only “this county government clinic” for exams and other health services.

City Administrator Ed Henschel said for ethical reasons, he wouldn’t allow Pro-Health Care to give a separate proposal to the city without sending the whole project out for re-bid.

New Mayor Shawn Reilly criticized Scrima’s handling of the clinic issue during the campaign, accusing him of potentially costing the city more than a million in cost savings.

The Finance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 207, City Hall, 201 Delafield St.