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Donated funds support education efforts

​​​The Marshfield Clinic Division of Education is grateful for the generous contributions received in 2012.  The Division makes judicious use of these donations to help advance key Clinic and education mission-related initiatives.

Participating in a training exercise in the simulation lab are Division of Education staff members (from left) Suzanne Moertl, Amanda Hodd and Amy Kadlecek. Participating in a training exercise in the simulation lab are Division of Education staff members (from left) Suzanne Moertl, Amanda Hodd and Amy Kadlecek.
"The Division of Education appreciates every single dollar given," said Matthew Jansen, M.D., medical director of Education. "We will continue to use these donations, given in support of the Clinic's education mission, to enhance the care provided to the patients entrusted to us."

Some of these key education initiatives which have or will be funded with donated funds this year include:

  • Enhancing the patient experience. As highlighted in this issue, improving the patient experience and patient satisfaction are top priorities for Marshfield Clinic. Funds were used to develop and purchase curriculum focused on creating the best experience possible for our patients.
  • Inter-professional training to improve the quality and reduce the cost of patient care.  Emerging research evidence is confirming linkages between chronic disease (such as diabetes) and oral health. Funds were used to sponsor the Oral and Systemic Health Symposium for medical and dental providers across the state, with the goal of developing relationships and mechanism for referral and surveillance of patients between medicine and dentistry.
  • Patient safety.  One of the most effective ways to facilitate ensuring patient safety is through simulation. The Division of Education has a dedicated simulation lab for use by students, residents, allied providers, advanced practitioners and physicians. Funds were used to purchase a simulation manikin (as shown in the photo) and other simulation equipment. In 2013, funds will be used to purchase equipment to enhance the learning experience in the simulation lab.
  • Workforce development.  A vibrant and prepared workforce is needed to maintain the high level of health care Marshfield Clinic delivers to central and northern Wisconsin. Donor funds have provided the Division of Education the opportunity to support training opportunities for staff and physicians.
  • Future workforce/building interest in careers in health care.  Health career camps enable students to engage in hands-on activities and spend time with world class health care professionals in the Clinic's state-of-the-art health care facilities.  Funds are being used to sponsor camps for central and northern Wisconsin high school students with the hope some will return to the Clinic in the future as health care providers.

For more information on supporting the Clinic's education mission, contact the Development Department or visit www.marshfieldclinic.org/giving.