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Impact of new medical school on Wausau

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Education and hospital officials say the new medical college will help improve the quality of life for everyone in central Wisconsin.

The President of Aspirus Wausau Hospital says a new medical college is a step in the right direction.

"Hopefully it will help us meet the physician needs in the future for our region," President and CEO Duane Erwin said.

A recent report by the Wisconsin Hospital Association found that Wisconsin could soon be facing a shortage in doctors. It recommended that the state needs to train or recruit 100 new doctors a year to keep up with demand. Hospital officials said this new school will help central Wisconsin and the state train talented physicians.

"It's been proven that if you can have trained in your area, go through their residency in your area, they're more likely to stay," Erwin said.

UW-Marathon County leaders said it will bring high-caliber students to Wausau and other central Wisconsin campuses.

"I think it adds to what Wausau has to offer," Dean Keith Montgomery said, adding that the school's location near the US 51, State Highway 29 interchange is also a plus.

"Twenty million cars pass that junction every year," he said.

Wausau's mayor said the new medical school will also benefit the economy.

"Not only is it an attractor for obviously students coming to our area to learn the medical profession but it's also an attractor for businesses," Mayor Jim Tipple said.

He added that the new Medical College of Wisconsin site will add to what central Wisconsin has to offer.

"We always thought we had a great community, this is just adding another plus to the quality of life side." Tipple said.

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