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Marshfield Clinic plans to build Dental Center

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) --  Marshfield Clinics new Dental Outreach center is in the planning stages.  But after a letter from the state, their grant money could be in jeopardy.

The clinic said "yes" and put up $10 million for the new Dental Outreach Center, which the state then matched with a grant.

But now, a letter from the state raises questions about building the center to train dental residents and post college students, but not dental students.

The head of the Wisconsin Dental Association, Dr. Gene Shoemaker supports the decision, saying the state doesn't need a second dental school.

While the debate rages on, Marshfield Clinic leaders plan to move forward with or without state money.

Karl Ulrich, President and CEO of Marshfield Clinic says, "we remain extremely committed to taking care of the dental needs in WI. Our plans have not changed as a result of the letter and we will continue to work towards those goals."

The clinics goal he says it to create a place for dental education, where aspiring dentists can learn their trade, particularly in rural areas of the state which are often under served.

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