Monday’s announcement by Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) of its intent to begin the development phase of a medical school campus in central Wisconsin is being hailed as good news for the region by Ministry Health Care.
“As a major provider of health care services in Wisconsin, we are excited about this important initiative by the Medical College of Wisconsin, stated Michael Kryda, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Ministry Health Care. “This new program has the potential of complimenting the already long-established medical education programs within our system as we continue to address the need for additional physicians in the many communities we serve across the state”
MCW’s Board of Trustees last week authorized its leadership to enter into the development phase of establishing the two community-based medical education campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin with a goal of admitting the first group of medical students to the new campuses as early as the summer of 2015.
Milestones that must be achieved before student recruitment will begin are relevant to accreditation, funding, faculty recruitment and development, formalized agreements with local health care systems and academic institutions, MCW faculty approvals, and the creation of local residency programs.
“More than seventy-five percent of Wisconsin residents who receive both their medical education and residency training in Wisconsin choose to remain in the state,” stated Dr. Kryda. “With a known shortage of physicians, locating this program in the heart of our service area provides a prime opportunity to showcase our personalized approach to patient care.”
Ministry Health Care is an integrated Catholic health care delivery system serving over 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry operations generate over $2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 47 clinics, and nearly 12,000 employees including a medical group with 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians.
Ministry was founded by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters more than 120 years ago to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor., Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of health care systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics (formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters). Ministry’s parent organization, Marian Health System, operates 36-affiliated hospitals and more than 150 clinics in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Kansas.