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Warm Water Therapeutic Pool Capital Campaign

We are all only one moment away 
from losing our physical independence.

Help us continue to provide unique warm water therapy
for successful recovery and independent living. 

Child Warm Water TherapyOur community is raising funds to build a new therapeutic pool. Fill out a Pledge Commitment Form here and be a part of this historic resource for our community.

  • The current pool facility has served the community well, but has in time, outlived its design and is facing structural, mechanical and operation issues. If the current facility is not replaced, services will end.
  • The Marathon County Board has been able to commit $3 million toward a $6 million capital project to rebuild the Warm Water Therapeutic Pool. Our community is raising the remainder of the funds to support the project.
  • Over the next 30 years, a new pool will have the potential to impact at least 40,000 to 50,000 people directly, making the new facility self-sustaining and available health care resource for our community. 

Since opening to the community in 1977, the North Central Health Care Warm Water Therapeutic Pool has served people who live each day seeking to improve their quality of life through therapies that are unique to the Central Wisconsin area. 

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Who Uses the Pool? 

Over 1,400 pool users, from babies and children to adults and seniors make over 25,000 visits per year to the Pool. Watch our Patient Experience Videos and learn about the amazing progress and success these pool users were able to make. In this 90-92 degree warm-water environment, individuals of all ages receive recovery treatment and care for a wide variety of ailments. 

  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Arthritis 
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Injuries 
  • Neurological & Brain Injuries/Disorders 
  • Muscular Dystrophy 
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Joint Replacements 
  • Addiction Therapy 

Currently over 200 local physicians regularly refer patients for therapy. With the opioid crisis our community is facing, the pool has become a way for physicians to avoid prescribing addictive pain medication. More and more physicians are prescribing warm water therapy. 

There are no other warm water therapy pool options within a 150 mile radius of the Wausau area. 

Up to 67% of pool users receive financial reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid and the pool is heavily used by seniors and low income residents, our most vulnerable population in Marathon County. 

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Your Pledge…

  • will allow miracles to continue for people who rely on the services the pool provides. 
  • will allow children, adults and seniors to live independently and have the opportunity to heal, recover and live with reduced pain. 
  • will allow those with unexpected injuries have a chance to use recovery methods that yield results that have been unattainable by traditional land therapy. 
  • will allow those in recovery to heal without the aide of addictive opioid pain medications. 

…Will Provide Hope.

Please consider making a pledge today!

Send no money now. Complete and mail in your Pledge Commitment Form. You will be notified when the capital campaign is closed and your first payment is due. All pledge forms are due by March 1, 2018.

All Pledge Commitment Forms can be mailed to: Warm Water Therapeutic Pool Campaign, North Central Health Care, 1100 Lake View Drive, Wausau, WI 54403 

You can also download, print or share a copy of the Warm Water Therapeutic Pool Capital Campaign Brochure!

Toddler Pool User

We encourage you to hear what some of our pool users have to say by viewing our Patient Experience Videos. In their own words, pool users tell about their real life stories and the success because of the Aquatic Therapeutic Pool.   

Warm Water Works

Warm Water Works is a community grass-roots advocacy and support group formed in response to 2008 pool closing plans. Warm Water Works provides volunteer professional marketing assistance analyzed and provided guidance and raises monies from bake sales, brat fries, gas cards, etc. to support marketing to physicians, and scholarships for those in need. The group has continued to actively meet since 2008 to “save the pool" and attends Marathon County board meetings, contributes to discussion, monitors board responses and supervisors' votes.

Below is a copy of the latest status report provided by Warm Water Works.

Status Report of Aquatic Warm Water Therapy Services, October 2016 by Warm Water Works

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