Numerous health care agencies will be working in cooperation to increase the number of psychiatrists in the area.
Gary Bezucha, the CEO of NorthCentral Health Care described the roll-out of a psychiatry residency program to the Lincoln County Board last night.
He said that the number of psychiatrists in the region is half of what they need to be. To help alleviate the shortage they will team up with area health care providers and the Medical School of Wisconsin to offer residency here in North Central Wisconsin. He noted that doctors are much more likely to remain near the location they train.
The first group of three future psychiatrists is targeted for 2017. Three additional psychiatrists would be added the following years for a total of 12 during the 4 year residency.
Bezucha says that North Central Health Care would collaborate with area medical providers and nearby counties. The start up would include funding from the Department of Health Services and a match from the Medical School of Wisconsin. Further details are expected at an upcoming press conference.
North Central Health Care is a collaborative human services operation that serves Langlade, Marathon, and Lincoln Counties. It is one of just two multi-county human services group in the state.