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Medical services provide 38% of Marshfield’s industrial employment. Top-notch specialists, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, combined with the largest private medical research institution in Wisconsin have brought Marshfield national recognition.

Marshfield Clinic is the largest private group medical practice in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the United States, with about 780 physician specialists representing 86 medical specialties and total employment of nearly 6600 in more than 40 Clinic centers in Wisconsin. Marshfield Clinic was founded in 1916 in Marshfield and its Marshfield Center, located at 1000 North Oak Avenue, is the largest center in the Clinic system. The Clinic system also includes Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation; Marshfield Clinic Education Foundation; and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., a health maintenance organization. There were over 3.34 million patient encounters in 2007.

Saint Joseph’s Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. One of the largest rural referral medical centers in Wisconsin, and the only Level II verified trauma center in the north central part of the state, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. More than 350 Marshfield Clinic physicians are on its medical staff, with more than 2,300 quality caregivers providing round-the-clock support. Saint Joseph’s Hospital, a member of Ministry Health Care, was founded more than 110 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Their mission is to continually improve the health and well being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities it serves.

In 2006, the comprehensive pediatric services at the hospital were awarded the recognition of “children’s hospital” by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). At the same time, the hospital revealed a new name for these services – Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. It joins only two other hospitals in the state with this honor.

Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF) was established by Clinic physicians in 1959 and merged into the Clinic in 1990. MCRF is the largest private medical research foundation in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. Many research projects are conducted by Clinic physicians in collaboration with MCRF scientists. Areas of focus within MCRF include clinical research, rural and agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, human genetics, personalized medicine, health services research and biomedical informatics. Though research is conducted throughout the Clinic system, two buildings on the Marshfield Clinic campus in Marshfield – Lawton Center and Laird Center for Medical Research – are dedicated to research.

The Laird Center for Medical Research, a world-class diagnostic laboratory and research facility, is a 112,300-square-foot $40 million addition to the Melvin R. Laird Center. Dedication of the building is set for October 2008.

Marshfield Clinic Laboratories is one of the largest, full-service private practice laboratory systems in the nation, reporting approximately 20 million test results a year. Marshfield Clinic Laboratories is unique in that it serves as a reference laboratory for more than 500 health care facilities, 3,000 veterinary practices, thousands of SAHMSA workplace clients and many research and Food Safety clients across the nation.

Established in 1986 as an outgrowth of the Greater Marshfield Community Health Plan, Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. serves more than 145,000 people in a 32 county area in northern, western and central Wisconsin. It offers a variety of health insurance options for employer groups, individuals of all ages and families. Security Health Plan, owned by Marshfield Clinic, offers an extensive network of affiliated hospitals, more than 2,750 affiliated physicians and other providers and tens of thousands of pharmacies nationwide. In 2007, Security Health Plan was named the nation’s 49th best commercial health plan and the 8th best Medicare plan. The recognition, announced October 26, 2007 was made through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in partnership with U.S. News and World Report.

Healthy Lifestyles – Marshfield Area Coalition is a grassroots movement working to address healthy eating and active living in and around Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Other healthcare providers include:
Nursing & Rehab Centers: 3 (370+ beds)
Dentists/Orthodontists: 26
Chiropractors: 9