By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — Ministry Health Care is looking to further its reach along the Interstate 39 corridor, announcing via press release today that it will seek a partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin “to expand adult patient care services in Wausau/Weston and the surrounding metro area.”
“This effort will focus on MCW’s (Medical College of Wisconsin) recruitment of specialty care clinicians who will live and practice in Wausau/Weston and the surrounding metro area,” the release said.
In July Ministry announced plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot clinic on Wausau’s west side.
“A key market for MHC (Ministry Health Care) is the Wausau/Weston area, where a new, state-of-the-art clinic is being built to begin providing services in fall 2016, and expansion of its specialty services at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital to offer broader acute care services for patients closer to their homes,” the release said.
“Establishing a relationship with MCW would move us forward rapidly to help achieve this goal,” said Daniel Neufelder, president and CEO for Ministry Health Care. “We are excited about the possibilities this opens up for our organization to provide greater access to medical care. A partnership with MCW would allow MHC access to more clinicians and extend MHC’s ability to provide care to more people.”
“Both organizations have strong reputations for delivering high-quality care and are well-recognized regionally and nationally. This partnership would bring together the best of both organizations to better meet health care needs in many communities throughout Wisconsin,” said Dr. John Raymond, president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Raymond said the partnership with Ministry would help the Medical College of Wisconsin “to extend the reach of our specialty care services and to allow for greater opportunities for medical education across key areas throughout the state.”
Both the Medical College of Wisconsin and Ministry are part of Integrated Health Network, which, according to an email from a Ministry spokesperson, is, “a broad-choice network of major health systems, hospitals, and physicians collaborating to deliver high-quality, affordable health care that meets the full continuum of needs for Wisconsin residents and employers.”
Marshfield Clinic is part of a cooperative called abouthealth with several large medical providers across the state, which has a similar mission to Integrated Health Network.
“The system was developed to enhance clinical quality, increase efficiency, and improve customer experiences through shared practices,” said a press release regarding Marshfield Clinic’s entry to abouthealth in May.
Hub City Times has reached out to Ministry Health Care for more information and will also seek comment from Marshfield Clinic.