MCW hosts “Our Community Commitment to the Next Generation of Physician Education” at the UWGB Weidner Center

April 11, 2014 College News - On Wednesday, April 9, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) hosted a reception at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Weidner Center to celebrate “Our Community Commitment to the Next Generation of Physician Education.”  Several members of MCW’s Board of Trustees attended the event, and Mary Ellen Stanek, the incoming Chair of the Board of Trustees presented Governor Scott Walker and State Representative John Nygren with awards. 

Approximately 200 individuals attended the reception, comprising academic and health system partners, alumni, community leaders, donors, elected officials, and faculty and staff within the MCW community.  The event highlighted the many Green Bay-area partnerships that have so significantly contributed to the successful progress of MCW-Green Bay. 

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO, along with Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President, especially thanked the academic and health care partners who have played a critical role in the planning and implementation of the program, which will help MCW matriculate its first class of students in July 2015.

MCW-Green Bay’s founding Dean, Matthew Hunsaker, MD, also discussed his enthusiasm for the project and his vision for the new campus.  Dr. Hunsaker discussed the unique, national significance of the program and highlighted the many benefits future MCW-Green Bay students will receive.

MCW’s incoming Board of Trustees Chair, Mary Ellen Stanek, presented awards to Governor Scott Walker and State Representative John Nygren.  Governor Scott Walker received the inaugural Hands of Humanity Award for his comprehensive 2013-15 biennial budget investments to expand Wisconsin’s physician workforce.  The Hands of Humanity is an iconic sculpture on the MCW-Milwaukee campus.  Named by a former medical student, the three hands represent patient, physician, and God, and the sculpture serves as a reminder to teacher and student alike that healing is an art and a privilege.

After receiving the award, Governor Walker discussed the significance of MCW’s expansion into northeast Wisconsin, from both an economic and healthcare-related perspective.   “This is a really big deal.  We were pleased to get this through in the budget.  It’s great to see this take the next giant step forward right here in the Green Bay market.”

In the 2013-15 biennial state budget, Governor Walker invested nearly $7.4 million to partner with MCW on its new medical school campus in Green Bay.  That school will welcome its first students July 2015.  Governor Walker also provided MCW with additional funding for new and expanded family medicine residences in northeast and southeast Wisconsin, along with $5 million for new and existing residency programs focusing on primary care throughout the state.

State Representative John Nygren received the Friend of MCW Award, for his dedication to advancing medical education and promoting a brighter healthcare future for Wisconsin’s citizens.  As the Assembly Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, Rep. Nygren championed Governor Walker’s physician workforce initiatives through the legislature, and also was a key leader on various mental health and drug addiction initiatives in the legislature. 

The event was covered widely by various media outlets in northeast Wisconsin, and preceded a day-long Countdown to Launch retreat for faculty and staff on Thursday, April 10.

Incoming MCW Board of Trustees Chair Mary Ellen Stanek presents awards to Governor Scott Walker and Representative John Nygren

Governor Walker receives the Hands of Humanity Award and discusses the economic and healthcare-related benefits MCW-Green Bay will bring to the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of MCW’s Board of Trustees meet with Governor Walker and Representative John Nygren prior to the event.  From left to right: Betsy F. Brenner, Representative John Nygren, Governor Scott Walker, Mary Ellen Stanek, Gregory M. Wesley, Owen J. Sullivan, Harold “Gus” Frank.

 

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