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Carroll University and Waukesha Free Clinic celebrate partnership

Carroll University and Waukesha Free Clinic supporters recently gathered to celebrate their partnership and the new Carroll Community Health Services building at 237 Wisconsin Avenue in Waukesha. The three-story, 9,000-square-foot building will provide vital medical and ancillary services for Waukesha County’s underserved and underinsured populations of all ages.

The Waukesha Free Clinic at Carroll University (formerly St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic) will occupy the third floor, while the university will provide services on the main floor and lower level. Students from the physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, nursing, and public health services will work with patients under the supervision of Carroll Health Sciences faculty.

“As Carroll University is Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning, and St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic is the state’s oldest
free clinic, this partnership is particularly meaningful,” said Carroll President, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger. “This is truly a heartfelt effort for us at Carroll, as it ties in so well with our Christian mission to prepare students for vocational success and to provide service in our diverse community. We believe in investing in Waukesha County and in being a leader in helping to solve community problems.”

Included on the building’s main floor is a rehabilitation gym featuring exercise and therapeutic equipment, and an occupational therapy lab that includes an apartment setting where clients can relearn activities of daily living following injury or illness. There also is treatment space for children and adults with long-term cognitive or physical disabilities, while the lower level offers areas for group exercise and community health education.

Renovation of the building was made possible by Carroll University contributions, the public, and Waukesha Free Clinic capital campaign donors. Funding for this project also has been provided, in part, by Waukesha County through the use of Community Development Block Grant funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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