North Central Health Care (NCHC) will formally welcome the residents of the 2017 Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin Psychiatry Residency Program in a Community Welcome Event on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the North Central Health Care Wausau Campus. The event is open to community partners to celebrate and welcome three doctors who will begin their residency programs at NCHC: Amy Butterworth, M.D., Albina Ovasapyan, M.D. and Ryan Stever, M.D.

“We are confident these individuals bring outstanding experience, credentials, and character to build an excellent foundation for the Psychiatry Residency Program, said NCHC Interim CEO Michael Loy. “This is an exciting moment that marks the expansion of the four-year residency program right here in the Wausau community.”

Continuing a mission to provide more physicians to rural and under-served areas of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services (DHS) announced in May of 2014 that over $3.3 million in grants were awarded to six health organizations to establish new Graduate Medical Education programs (GME) over the following three years. North Central Health Care in Wausau, was awarded a $370,771 grant for development of a specialty residency program targeting psychiatry.

The Community Welcome Event will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with a Welcome Program beginning at 5:00 pm, including a white coat presentation ceremony. Guests will have the opportunity to meet all three doctors and share in light refreshments and appetizers. Attendees are asked to use the main entrance marked with a yellow flag located at 1100 Lake View Drive in Wausau. 

North Central Health Care provides compassionate and specialized care for people with complex behavioral and skilled nursing needs in Langlade, Lincoln and Marathon counties. Person-centered services are provided for mental health, substance abuse, crisis, developmental disabilities, adult protection, aquatic physical therapy and skilled nursing care that fulfill and enrich lives throughout our communities.