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.

“We believe this partnership has improved patient access to specialty care in the region and opened many doors for greater growth opportunities,” said 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,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, provost and executive vice president, and dean of the school of medicine, MCW.