MARSHFIELD (WAOW)--Marshfield Clinic's president and CEO is stepping down. Karl Ulrich has served for the maximum time allowed. Now, he's getting ready for his successor.
Ulrich says he prided himself on helping all patients, even those who couldn't afford it. He says he sees the importance in developing a rural healthcare system, and hopes for more growth in the future.
Ulrich came to the Marshfield Clinic in 1995. Ten years later, after getting a Masters in Medical Management, he was ready for more.
"I felt pretty comfortable. I understood the operations of the clinic and had an educational foundation to build upon when I first occupied this office," Ulrich said.
Looking back at his time as president, Ulrich says he accomplished two main things--allowing non-physicians on the board and integrating the Lakeview Medical Center into the Marshfield Clinic system.
Ulrich says he's town about moving on, but he says it's time.
"It's probably good for any organization to under go change, to have new leadership take on new topics of import to them," Ulrich said.
The Marshfield Clinic has many locations across the state. The recession was tough, but Ulrich says things have turned around.
"We've been hiring as we expand our programs in population based health care," Ulrich said.
Ulrich says he knew he would eventually have to leave, but he says he's always kept one thing in mind--"We live for our mission. Our mission is to take really great care of patients on a day to day basis, and we've never faltered from that," Ulrich said.
The outgoing president says he's not sure what's next for him. In the next few months, he says he will decide whether to work as a psychiatrist or continue as an administrator. He says he's not sure whether he will stay with the Marshfield Clinic.