Wood County Current Events

Beneath the Bruise: Identifying the Subtle Signs of Abuse
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
A training for professionals working with children to help identify subtle signs of child abuse will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Marshfield.

More information on the attached flyer.
Community Resources
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Behavioral Health (Mental Health) Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental health) concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.

Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse. The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.
Free Wood County Community Trainings
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Health Department and Human Services have hosted several free community training's called Lunch-n-Learns. View the flyers for upcoming training's and the videos of past Lunch-n-Learns by following the links below.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a new social host ordinance. Adults allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property could be fined a minimum $1,000 and a maximum $5,000.
Students and teachers from the Wisconsin Rapids area, City of Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and RCCA Media partnered together to make this Public Service Announcement video.
ATV Area Closed
Posted 11/17/2015 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Just a reminder that the ATV Area will be closed starting on Saturday, November 21, 2015 for the 9 day deer/gun hunting season. The ATV Area will reopen on Monday, November 30.
ATV's are NOT allowed on any other County Forest Lands.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.
Be safe and good luck to all the hunters!!!!!
Parks Closing
Posted 10/26/2015 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Just a reminder that most of the Wood County Parks will be closing for the season for any unauthorized vehicles between the dates of November 2, 2015 and April 29, 2016.
Dexter County Park Campground will remain open for camping until November 30, 2015.
Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed camping and other various recreational activities in our parks this season and we hope to see you again next year.
Watch for notices pertaining to the opening of winter recreational activities!!!!!
Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment
Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.
Wood County Clean Sweep
Posted 9/9/2015 by adarr@co.wood.wi.us
A Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saratoga Town Hall. Clean Sweep is for collection of household chemicals.

See the attached brochure for more information.
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CMS Five Star Rating
Posted 8/27/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
June 18, 2015 -  Norwood Health Center has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) by receiving the highest possible overall rating of 5 stars. Crossroads has earned an overall 5 star rating, while Pathways TBI has earned an overall 4 star rating. Congratulations to the staff on Crossroads & Pathways for their dedication to patient care, quality & excellence! 

Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average. There is one Overall 5-star rating for each nursing home, and a separate rating for each of the following three sources of information:

Health Inspections – The health inspection rating contains information from the last 3 years of onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys. The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years.

Staffing –This rating considers differences in the levels of residents' care need in each nursing home. For example, a nursing home with residents who had more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff than a nursing home where the resident needs were not as high.

Quality Measures (QMs) – The quality measure rating has information on 11 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents. The QMs offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents’ physical and clinical needs. 

Foster Care Program
Posted 8/17/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Foster Care program is looking for individuals or families who are willing to be a Receiving Home for children who are placed in Foster Care.

A receiving home is a general licensed foster home that signs a contract agreeing to be available 24/7 on an on-call basis to receive emergency placements of children and youth.

Placements are generally short term (1-30 days).

Monthly stipend and additional monthly reimbursement is provided for actual placements.

If you have an interest in learning more, please contact Julia Dauenhauer at 715-421-8629 or Grace Bauer at 715-389-0238. 

Or click on the link to direct you to the Wood County Human Services Foster Care web page.

Distinguished Public Health Employee
Posted 8/12/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Congratulations Jean Rosekrans, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!

We recognize Jean for her professionalism, strong work ethic and dedication to the community. Her co-workers, the community, and healthcare professionals look to her as a resource for information. She is knowledgeable, trusted, and always willing to answer questions and seek answers to the unknown.

We appreciate her kindness and compassion. Thank you for going out of your way to be flexible and accommodate the needs of others. Jean is caring, polite, supportive, dependable, and always willing to help.

It is with great pride and honor that we commend Jean for a job well done.
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic Expands Psychiatry Services Using Tele-health
Posted 8/3/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
In July, the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic began offering psychiatry services out of the Chestnut Street Branch Office Clinic in Marshfield. Dr. Sheila Rao has joined the clinic as a contracted provider offering psychiatry services to adults. Dr. Rao completed her Psychiatric Residency program in 2003 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She currently practices in Illinois.

When using Tele-health, the doctor can be located anywhere in the country. This is what allows Dr. Rao to work in Wood County. A nurse facilitates the appointment and remains with the person throughout the time they are talking with the doctor using video equipment. This service can be accessed by individuals who are currently enrolled in the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic.
NOAA Weather Radios
Posted 4/28/2015 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Emergency Management would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors that made the NOAA Weather Radio program possible. Without you we couldn't have done it.
Preeclampsia Awareness
Posted 4/8/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Casie, a Wood County mother, wants to help others by making her story known. She has helped in the development of this one page document to be used with other pregnant mothers. The goal of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review team is to spread this widely to raise Preeclampsia awareness.
Housing Repair Loans
Posted 3/26/2015 by jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan?

If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:

  • Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
  • Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.

Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.

For more information and application materials contact:

Central Wisconsin Housing Region Program Administrator
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
(608) 847-7309
Gift Ideas.....
Posted 12/5/2014 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person in your life? WE have the solution for you...
How about a gift certificate for tubing/skiing at Powers Bluff Winter Sports Area or a gift certificate for camping at any of the 3 Wood County Campgrounds!
For the boaters and skiers in your life, why not give them the gift of their annual pass.
Certificates can be purchased over the phone with MasterCard or Visa, or stop by our office located at 400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids WI with cash or check.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
Posted 10/14/2014 by tarnold@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.

Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.

The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.

For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email tarnold@co.wood.wi.us.
Food Safety Class
Posted 8/20/2014 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
A food safety education class is being offered on the first week day of each month in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. Interested persons must contact the Wood County Health Department prior to the class 715-421-8911.
Courthouse Parking
Posted 4/16/2014 by webmaster@co.wood.wi.us
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.

As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.
Wood County Outdoors!
Posted 8/1/2013 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
Posted 10/19/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Posted 6/28/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets.
-It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds.
-In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others.
-Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.
Community Health Improvement Planning Process
Posted 5/4/2012 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Riverview Medical Center, is in the process of completing a Community Health Improvement Plan.

This process includes examining local county health data, identify local priority health areas, and identify community assets and resources.

Once our local priorities have been selected, community members will be asked to join implementation teams to assist in developing goals and objectives around these identified local health priority areas.

They will identify and develop evidenced-based strategies for the local health priorities, promote and implement these strategies, and evaluate the success of the strategies. Resources will be identified to mobilize the community to improve the health of Wood County residents.

We would like you to identify the Health Focus Areas that should be the priorities for the community for the next few years.

Considering the information (data) available on the Wood County Health Department website, the typed discussion points made by the Community Assessment Team, as well as your personal experience and insight, please complete the following survey.