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Member Press Release 12/8/17

Ascension Wisconsin and
The Medical College of Wisconsin
Announce Evolution of Partnership
in Central Wisconsin

(MILWAUKEE, WI) – Officials at Ascension Wisconsin (formerly Ministry Health Care) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have announced the next evolution of their clinical and academic partnership in Central Wisconsin. MCW physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) practicing in Ascension hospitals and clinics in Central Wisconsin will transition to Ascension Medical Group.

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“We believe this partnership has improved patient access to specialty care in the region and opened many doors for greater growth opportunities,” says Stewart Watson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, North Region, Ascension Wisconsin. “Ascension Wisconsin will continue to build the clinical workforce in Central Wisconsin and across the state.”

Patients currently established with MCW physicians will be notified of the change and can expect a seamless transition over the next few months. The physicians will continue to serve as teaching faculty at MCW-Central Wisconsin where MCW has made a commitment to educating the next generation of physicians for the region.

“We are pleased with the evolution of this partnership and we will continue to work to improve patient access in all communities throughout Wisconsin by expanding medical education programs that encourage students to remain in their community to complete residency training and begin their practice,” says Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, provost and executive vice president, and dean of the school of medicine, MCW.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin
With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 900 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school in Milwaukee, MCW-Green Bay, and MCW-Central Wisconsin. In addition, the Milwaukee campus has more than 280 graduate students, 12 Masters of Science in Anesthesia students and 130 postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $225 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,650 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 530,000 patients annually.

About Ascension Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, Ascension (ascension.org/wisconsin) operates 23 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ more than 19,600 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided more than $295 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. Serving Wisconsin for 169 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit ascension.org/wisconsin.

About Ascension
Ascension (ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.