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Marshfield Clinic earns high marks for patient care

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Dr. Laura Nelson says she's thankful for Marshfield Clinic's electronic health records. She says early adoption of the program is one of the main reasons Marshfield Clinic can provide quality care for patients.

"Patients receive better care because their care is not fragmented because no matter what system they end up in within the Marshfield Clinic, what center, the information is readily available," said Dr. Nelson, Chief Medical Officer at Marshfield Clinic.

Consumer Reports studied 19 health care groups in Wisconsin.

All groups ranked at or above the national average.

Marshfield Clinic came in second with an overall score of 83 out of 100.

ThedaCare Physicians earned the highest ranking with an 87.

"Wisconsin is blessed with great health care, and the competition is stiff for quality," said Dr. Nelson.

Doctors say they're proud of the accomplishment.

"I was really pleased to see this come out. I love it when we have independent people looking at what we can offer here. We didn't ask for this survey. It just came out. So, that's a real star for us," said Dr. Charles McCauley, a cardiologist at Marshfield Clinic.

The study focused on three categories:  cancer screening, care for people over 60 and treatment for heart disease.

Officials say there are many piece to the patient care puzzle.

"It really translates to better patient outcome, good access for patients and really making treatment less intimidating," said Dr. Seth Fagbemi, Chair of Oncology at Marshfield Clinic.

But doctors agree that forming a relationship with each patient is a key to success.

"We are committed to having the tools so we can engage with patients to improve their care. We're dedicated to improving the patient experience, and at the same time, reducing the cost," said Dr. Nelson.

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