Ministry Health Care has been named a "WTCS Futuremakers Partner" by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. This award recognizes organizations that partner with technical colleges in pursuit of strong futures through sustainable jobs.
System President Dan Clancy presented the award to Ministry for helping to ensure the availability of well-trained health care professionals to meet the needs of area residents and furthering the economic vitality of Northern Wisconsin communities. The award was made on the recommendation of Nicolet Area Technical College, which works in close partnership with Ministry to meet the company’s need for skilled employees. Many Ministry employees are Nicolet College graduates or have benefited from customized educational opportunities from the college.
Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services.
Ministry’s health care facilities located in the Nicolet Area Technical College service area include Saint Mary’s Hospital Campus in Rhinelander, Sacred Heart Hospital Campus in Tomahawk, Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Eagle River Memorial Hospital Campus in Eagle River and Ministry Medical Group facilities in Crandon and Laona.
Ministry Health Care supports clinical sites for Nicolet College students, contributes scholarships, provides programming input through advisory committees, and hires Nicolet graduates. “I would like to express my thanks to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for recognizing Ministry Health Care’s collaborative efforts as a WTCS Futuremaker Partner,” said Elizabeth Burmaster, Nicolet College President. “The collaborations between the college and Ministry are longstanding. They represent a commitment to sitting down together, thinking creatively, and finding ways to meet the health oriented needs of rural, northern Wisconsin residents.” Burmaster noted several examples of the partnership, including “when Nicolet, like colleges around the country, faced difficulty in securing Master Trained nurses as faculty members, Ministry stepped in to co-sponsor a program that helps current nurses obtain their Master’s degrees; increasing the pool of qualified faculty and expanding the college’s ability to train needed nurses.”
Monica Hilt, Ministry’s Northern Region Chief Executive Officer and Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospital President accepted the award on behalf of Ministry Health Care. “We feel very fortunate to have Nicolet College in this region,” she said. “Not only for their help in ensuring the high quality of our workforce, but for their efforts as a community member. Whenever the region is faced with a health, economic or community challenge, Nicolet College is at the table with us, working on solutions.”
"The Wisconsin Technical College System Board is continually impressed with the strong partnerships forged between technical colleges and local employers," said Stan Davis, WTCS Board President. "These partnerships are living examples of the interdependence of the public and private sector in Wisconsin and the importance of strong education institutions to the state’s economic future.”
The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training. Find more about educational programs at www.witechcolleges.org.