A plan to bring a medical school to Wausau has run into a roadblock now that Aspirus Hospital has backed out on the project. But those in charge of the medical school say Wausau is still one of their first choices to build.
A month ago, Aspirus Hospital and Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine announced they were working together on plans to open a medical college in Wausau. But after analyzing the complete project, Aspirus says it would not be feasible, or in their best interest in the long run.
Hospital leaders say the creation of such a college would bring debate about whether the hospital was making the right move or not.
Aspirus Chief Financial Officer, Sid Scygelski says, “We had indication and concern expressed by parties that our interest are in running a healthcare system in a competitive environment. Those interests may not be the best for the students and the school.”
Those in charge of the medical school say the creation of a school in Wausau is still a reality, with or without the help from Aspirus.
Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vice President, Gregg Silberg says, "Wausau is our prime place that we would like to be. We feel that this is a great place for our osteopathic school. We saw that before this and will continue to feel that way and continuing to work forward in the process."
Although the school has no set location as of now, Silberg say they are not giving up. He says the school would help a physician shortage the state of Wisconsin faces. The benefits could help the state far into the future.