Aspirus | Aspire | Fall 2018

Aspirus Scholars named to tackle physician shortage This spring, six college students pursuing careers in health care were awarded $706,000 by the Aspirus Health Foundation as part of the Aspirus Scholars Program. This is the second class of students to receive scholarships through the program, which is a community collaboration to address the national physician shortage andmeet the needs of people and communities in north central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Looking to the future The Aspirus Scholars Program is a forward-looking approach that could bring as many as 62 new primary care, psychiatry or general surgery providers to communities in north central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by the year 2030. It leverages the unique opportunity to collaborate with college and university partners whose programs are specifically designed to attract students interested in learning and working in community and rural settings. The Aspirus Scholars Program is made possible through contributions from community partners such as The Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin; Judd S.Alexander Foundation; Dwight and Linda Davis Foundation; B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation; Dudley Foundation; the Molinaro Family; and individual donors.Vital investments also are made by each hospital in the Aspirus system. One of the nation’s top 15 health systems Aspirus is here for you Aspirus was recently recognized by IBMWatson Health in its annual 15 Top Health Systems study, which spotlights the best-performing health systems in the nation based on publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction data. “The Aspirus family has been working together tirelessly to ensure that people fromOntonagon, Michigan, to Stevens Point, Wisconsin, have access to excellent local health services and world-class specialty care,” said Aspirus President and Chief Executive Officer MatthewHeywood. “This award confirms that we’ve been focusing on the right things andmaking great progress.” Setting the standard According to IBMWatson Health, if all Medicare inpatients were similarly situated and received the same level of care as the facilities identified in the study: w w More than 60,000 additional lives could be saved. w w More than 31,000 additional patients could be complication-free. w w Health care-associated infections would be reduced by 16 percent. w w Patients would spend 40minutes less in hospital emergency rooms per visit. “We care somuch about the health of every community Aspirus serves,” Heywood said. “This information shows the human impact of our work, and I find that to be both gratifying and humbling.” For more information, visit . ASPIRE is a free magazine published by Aspirus and is intended to provide health information to the people living in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus is proud to offer this publication as a resource to you and your family. This publication is also available online at . Information in this publication is not intended to replace medical advice, nor is it for self-diagnosis. Individuals should speak with their primary care provider or other health care professionals regarding medical concerns. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2018 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Matthew Heywood Aspirus Scholars, from left: Alexa Ernst, Hilary Steltenpohl, AaronWeaver, Bryan Miles, Katie Willfahrt and Abby Alft MEETTOMORROW’SDOCTORS Go to for more information on the program and the newest class of Aspirus Scholars. HIRING PEOPLE WHO CARE Get every opportunity to give your best self to all others. Join Aspirus. Go online to to find available openings. 2 aspire Fall 2018