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State grants help train health care staff in rural WI

posted on October 9, 2019

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System will partner with Wisconsin technical colleges and universities to provide health care training after it was awarded grant funds from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

These grants create opportunities for students and current health care workers with the desire to learn new skills. More importantly, it will improve access to quality care in rural areas of Wisconsin.

“The assistance from the State of Wisconsin is welcome to train healthcare workers who are vital to the care we provide to patients throughout Wisconsin,” said Dr. Matthew Jansen, internal medicine physician and medical director of the Health System’s Division of Education. “Knowing that their education will be paid for may be the impetus a person needs to continue their education in a very rewarding industry.”

2019 Allied Health Professional Education and Training Grant
This $245,092, two-year grant is a consortium between the Health System, Mid-State Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

The Health System and the technical colleges will provide matching funds or in-kind services to train 36 employees or non-employees to be medical assistants.

2019 Advanced Practice Clinician Training Grant
This $50,000 grant will provide rural rotational experiences for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse physician assistant students. It also will provide clinical and didactic experience to newly licensed physician assistants and nurse practitioners within the Health System. The goals of both programs are to provide to the participants and serve as a recruitment and retention tool for our rural locations.

Marshfield Clinic Health System will also be involved in a two-year Workforce Advancement Training Grant that was awarded to the consortium of Mid-State Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead College. This grant will train up to 30 Health System employees as certified nursing assistants. There will be a three-credit nursing assistant training program at each campus.

CNAs are critical to the Health System’s team-based approach to health care and the training will help overcome a shortage of CNAs in Wisconsin.

For more information about these programs, contact Heidi Kramer, Recruitment & Retention manager, at 715-389-3869 or kramer.heidi@marshfieldclinic.org. 

Marshfield Clinic Health System is an integrated health system whose mission is to enrich lives through accessible, affordable compassionate health care. The Health System serves Wisconsin with more than 11,000 employees including over 1,200 providers comprising 86 specialties, health plan, and research and education programs. Primary operations include Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Medical Center hospitals in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Neillsville, Beaver Dam and Ladysmith, Marshfield Children’s Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. Learn more at marshfieldclinic.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gardner, 715-221-8659, gardner.john@marshfieldclinic.org
Jeff Starck, 715-389-4978, starck.jeffrey@marshfieldclinic.org