Wisconsin health department announces grants for rural healthcare

MADISON (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Wednesday the state will spend $550,000 to increase access and enhance the quality of healthcare in rural Wisconsin, including at the Marshfield Clinic Health System.

The grants support education and training to assist rural hospitals and clinics in filling “high need, high demand” positions.

“Ensuring Wisconsinites in every community—from Columbus to Cumberland—have access to quality, affordable healthcare is not only critical for our continued fight against this pandemic but our future as a healthy and thriving state,” said Governor Tony Evers. “As we work to build that future, I’m glad to see these funds going out to areas of our state with some of the greatest need for investment.”

The Advanced Practice Clinician Grants, totaling nearly $250,000, help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses by supporting the development of clinical training sites. Hospitals and clinics receiving APC grants are:

  • Aspirus – Central Wisconsin
  • Cumberland Memorial Hospital – Cumberland, Wisconsin
  • Essentia – Northwest Wisconsin
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System – Northern, central and western Wisconsin
  • Prairie Ridge Health – Columbus, Wisconsin
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