The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a $2 million gift from the Sentry Insurance Foundation. The gift will establish the Sentry Deanship at the MCW-Central Wisconsin campus in Wausau. It is the largest charitable commitment to the campus and will provide the resources needed to expand training programs for medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin campus based in Wausau.

The gift from Sentry will support MCW’s Hope to Health comprehensive fundraising campaign, a philanthropic initiative aimed at building healthy and thriving communities.

Priorities of the campaign include accelerating research and advancing patient care, driving health and vitality with our community, transforming healthcare education, and leading the way in cancer research and care.

Sentry’s endowment supports MCW-Central Wisconsin’s dedication to training physicians so that it can better treat patients in communities that have faced a shortage of providers. Studies show physicians who attend medical school and perform their residency in the same area are up to 87 percent more likely to stay in the community, taking care of people they know and understand.

“We are making this gift to build healthier communities and to secure access to quality healthcare for families in central Wisconsin,” said Pete McPartland, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Sentry, which is headquartered in Stevens Point.