Green Bay, Wis. – Prevea Health, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are pleased to announce a collaborative effort to launch a physician residency program in Green Bay, Wis.
 
Residency programs are designed to provide licensed physicians advanced training in a particular field of medicine; and, where resident physicians work under the supervision of experienced faculty physicians, providing direct medical care to patients. The residency program sponsored by HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and managed by Prevea Health in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will be for physicians interested in the field of family medicine, also known as primary care.
 
“In addition to providing physicians advanced training, residency programs help to address physician and primary care shortages across Wisconsin – especially in rural areas,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “Our residency program will draw more physicians to Green Bay and surrounding rural communities to care for patients not only during, but hopefully, after their residency training. Research shows that many physicians choose to practice medicine in the communities in which they attended residency.”
 
“A healthier Wisconsin requires access to primary care physicians across the state,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine, Provost and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Innovative solutions to create increased training positions to enhance the number of primary care physicians in Wisconsin require collaborative partnerships to accommodate more students graduating from medical schools. Together with our partners, we are growing and preparing the next generation of health care partners to serve communities throughout Wisconsin.”
 
The new residency program is being made possible, in part, by a $728,192 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) as part of its DHS Graduate Medical Education (GME) Initiative. “We are still in the very early stages of developing the residency program, but hope to officially launch in 2019,” said Dr. Rai.
 
“HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center is delighted to partner with Prevea Health and MCW to train future generations of physicians and provide our communities greater access to primary care,” said Therese Pandl, President and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) – Eastern Wisconsin Division. “Our commitment to medical education is demonstrated by our partnership with MCW-Green Bay and further enhanced by the development of the residency program.”
 
Prevea Health, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay work in partnership with MCW-Green Bay, established in 2015 as Green Bay’s first medical school. “We are honored to be a part of MCW-Green Bay to help develop future physicians attending medical school, and now, our residency program will allow us to extend that commitment – and offer newly-graduated physicians a program to further advance their training,” said Dr. Rai.

The residency program in Green Bay will be the second residency program operated by Prevea Health. In July 2017, Prevea Health established the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, MCW and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. The Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program features two residency clinics: Prevea Health Family Medicine in Eau Claire and the Prevea Augusta Health Center.
 
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Media Contacts
 
Prevea Health and
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
Angela Deja
(920) 272-3360
angela.deja@prevea.com

MCW
Holly Botsford
(414) 955-8761
hbotsford@mcw.edu
 
About Prevea Health
Prevea Health’s mission is to care for people with passion, pride, and respect. Founded in 1996, Prevea Health partners with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, to provide access to more than 200 physicians in more than 60 specialty areas. Prevea has more than 80 locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
 
About HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center has been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1903.  Patients benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, and cardiac care.  An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people.  HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center has been named one of the “100 Top Hospitals” nationwide and is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information, visit www.stmgb.org.
 
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
 
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 institute 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.