FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2011
Dr. Gene Shoemaker, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement regarding clarification by State Building Commission Administrator Jeff Plale that Marshfield Clinic may not use $10 million in state monies received in late 2010 to fund construction of a dental school in north central Wisconsin:
“This is a good decision. The $10 million was designated by law and in Marshfield’s contract with the state to help build a ‘dental outreach facility’. That facility was clearly defined in letters from Marshfield to legislators as post-baccalaureate and residency programs only – there was never any suggestion by Marshfield or stipulation by the Legislature for a dental school.
“Earlier this year, WDA leadership voted to support any nationally-accredited dental residency programs developed in rural or urban areas of our state. However, we remain strongly opposed to the creation of a second dental school for a variety of reasons.
“If Marshfield had intended to use the $10 million to build a new dental school, it should have included that language in the original legislative bill so the merits and disadvantages of such a proposal could be properly researched and debated. That didn’t happen, and we are pleased the Building Commission is holding to the original terms of the law and the Marshfield contract.”