By Wausau Pilot and Review Staff

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)-Central Wisconsin campus located in Wausau has expanded to a larger space at 1900 Westwood Dr., across from Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

The new facility offers a space dedicated to the medical school’s mission of education, better fitting students’ learning and wellness needs, according to a MCW news release.

The new space for MCW-Central Wisconsin offers an open concept using glass and natural elements to inspire collaboration, clarity and energy among faculty, staff, students and community partners. (Contributed photo)

The new campus is built with an open concept using glass and natural elements to inspire collaboration, clarity and energy among faculty, staff, students and community partners. Somerville, Inc. provided the architecture and design of the new facility, and Miron Construction Co. was the general contractor.

“This new space offers the opportunity for all members of our growing campus to learn and collaborate together,” said Sentry Dean and Founding Dean of the MCW-Central Wisconsin campus Lisa Dodson, MD. “The overwhelming community support that this campus has received since the beginning allows us to always continue growing and expanding. We are especially grateful to Aspirus, which has been an excellent partner throughout the expansion process.”

“We are all really excited about our new space. It’s been fun to watch our campus grow along with us, and our new building allows us to be much more collaborative than we could have been previously. It’s a community-oriented space for a community-focused medical school,” said first-year medical student Colton Brown. “I’m grateful for all the hard work put into our new building. Everything turned out great and we feel really supported as students.”

MCW-Central Wisconsin purchased the space from Aspirus, Inc. Since its establishment in 2016, the campus was located within leased spaces at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

“MCW has been a valued partner for Aspirus and for our community, and we are excited that its new space remains part of the Aspirus medical campus in Wausau,” said Matthew Heywood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspirus. “We look forward to continuing to support MCW as it continues training the region’s future physicians.”

Opened in July 2016, MCW-Central Wisconsin was established to address the looming shortage and maldistribution of physicians and other healthcare professionals across the state.

As the population ages over the next few decades and more physicians retire, Wisconsin will face a critical shortage of primary care physicians, surgeons and psychiatrists. These shortages are and will continue to be felt acutely in rural areas.

With regional campuses in Wausau and Green Bay, MCW aims to train and graduate physicians locally to ensure the very best care in the areas where it is most needed. Studies show that physicians who attend medical school and perform their residency in the same area are up to 87 percent more likely to stay in the community, taking care of people they know and understand.

This support is vital to improving the quality and quantity of care in central Wisconsin.

Seventy-six students are currently enrolled at MCW-Central Wisconsin.

Top photo: Pictured from left to right are: Andrea Allard, MBA, VP of Operations at Ascension Medical Group; Matthew Heywood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspirus; Lisa Dodson, MD, Sentry Dean and Founding Dean of MCW-Central Wisconsin, and John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president and CEO of MCW. Photo courtesy of MCW.