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ASHWAUBENON – Green Bay Packers players, elite athletes and the general public all will be served by Bellin Health Sports Medicine & Orthopedics clinic in the Titletown District.

Bellin Health broke ground Thursday on the clinic, which is expected to open in late summer 2017, along with other Titletown District anchors Lodge Kohler hotel and Hinterland Brewery. The 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art clinic will include a team of orthopedic subspecialists and a total staff of 80 people.

The Titletown District is a 35-acre commercial/recreational/residential development immediately west of Lambeau Field. Ten acres in the middle of the development will be a park and plaza, the details of which were disclosed Sept. 29.

"We expect to be a destination point. We expect athletes from around the Midwest, indeed, around the country, will want to come here," said Dr. Patrick McKenzie. "It will be a facility for the community as well as for lead athletes."

McKenzie works at Bellin Health and is the Packers' team physician. The location will increase convenience for Packers players as well as for McKenzie, said Bellin President/CEO George Kerwin.

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The clinic is the last of the anchors to begin construction.

"When designing a clinic in modern health care, it's not just the exam room. It's how the exam room door opens and all those details," Kerwin said.

The clinic will be staffed by Fellowship-trained orthopedic subspecialists. Joining McKenzie will be Drs. James Ebben, James Spears, Gil Freeman and other specialists yet to be hired.

"Out of the blocks, we have a pretty good team of guys," McKenzie said.

The clinic will include advanced diagnostic equipment, a performance lab with ultra-high-speed video equipment and a 3 Tesla MRI scanner, which McKenzie said is the best available. Clinic services will focus on injury prevention, performance improvement, and treatment and therapy.

The clinic will allow Bellin to improve efficiency, quality and convenience, McKenzie said. Goals are to provide immediate access, rapid diagnosis, rapid intervention and a return to participation.

Bellin Health and the Packers have a close, long-term relationship. Bellin is a gate sponsor and official health care partner of the Packers.

"Together, we are having a positive impact on the quality of life in our community," Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said.

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