6 Wisconsin hospitals receive funding to create new opportunities
Madison, Wis. (WXOW)- The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) lauds grants to help create new physician training programs in rural, underserved areas. WHA will provide $3.3 million over the next three years to the six hospitals. The six grantees include: Divine Savior Healthcare, Inc. (Columbia and Marquette Counties), Gundersen Medical Foundation (Crawford, La Crosse and Vernon Counties), Monroe Clinic (Green County), North Central Health Care (Marathon, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Portage and Wood County), Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (Brown, Calumet, Forest, Green Lake, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties), UW Hospitals and Clinics (Dane, Grant, Iowa, Sauk and Winnebago Counties).
"WHA is extremely pleased to see six hospitals receive grants to help them provide this advanced training," stated WHA President Steve Brenton. "These hospitals are assuming a huge responsibility and committing a tremendous amount of human and financial capital to create the infrastructure necessary to educate and train new physicians for Wisconsin. The grants will boost these efforts by providing the support these organizations need to build much-needed new residency programs."
Gov. Scott Walker included funding for the new programs in the 2013-2015 biennial budget; a move that was supported by research from WHA.
A 2011 study by WHA, 100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin, predicts the Badger State will face a shortage of 2,000 physicians by 2030 if steps are not taken to address the problem. According to the same study, new physicians are much more likely to practice in the area where they complete their residency, a finding that drove the funding initiative.
"We applaud Governor Walker's and the Legislature's remarkable investment in Wisconsin's future physician workforce. The grants will go a long way in helping these hospitals establish new on- site residency programs that will educate and train primary care physicians who will care for Wisconsin patients and families for years to come," stated WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding. "Ensuring that Wisconsin has an adequate supply of physicians to meet the demand for care is a top WHA priority and we are committed to continue partnering with state and federal policymakers, Wisconsin's medical schools and our members to build on these important steps."
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