Personal development

Marshfield Medical Center Supports Personal Development Center Domestic Violence Victim Support Program

MARSHFIELD — Marshfield Medical Center recently donated $2,500 to support the Personal Development Center’s Domestic Violence Victim Support Program.

The Personal Development Center (PDC) has served victims of domestic violence in Wood, Clark, and South Marathon counties since 1977. The nonprofit has a longstanding partnership with Marshfield Clinic Health System to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. PDC partnered with the healthcare system more than 30 years ago to develop the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.

Since the establishment of the Marshfield Child Advocacy Center, PDC staff have been an integral part of the team when forensic interviews are conducted. PDC also provides on-call advocates to be present in the emergency department when a sexual assault victim undergoes the forensic history and physical examination.

“As providers, we often recognize how the medical skills we bring to the patient are necessary, but not sufficient, to restore the patient to health,” said Dr. Brian Ewert, a nephrologist at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. “Partnering with the Personal Development Center allows us to expand our care to address the broader social aspects of patient suffering. It’s a way for Marshfield Clinic Health System to improve the health of the whole community.