This Thursday, November 17, marks National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to recognize the efforts of healthcare professionals and volunteers serving in rural areas. In Wisconsin, one in four residents live in rural communities. November 17 is also a chance to celebrate our successes and to highlight the unique challenges rural communities face: provider shortages, an older population, and lack of transportation.
Last year we recognized the resiliency shown by rural healthcare workers during the pandemic. This year, many of the nominations were providers who work in substance use disorder, women’s health, and pain management.
This year’s theme is “Driving change: Going the Extra Mile.” Here is one of our community heroes, nominated by their colleagues, who is “Going the Extra Mile” in rural Wisconsin.
Dr. Erin Huebschman, Family Practice/OB Physician, Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster
Dr. Erin Huebschman’s compassionate and caring personality, coupled with an attention to detail, has earned her a well-known reputation and busy practice caring for families and delivering babies. Her achievements earned her Wisconsin Physician of the Year in 2010 by Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Huebschman has been a dedicated medical staff member at Grant Regional Health Center since 2004. Since that time, she has become an integral part of our hospital, clinic, and community. She has served in various roles including medical director, on the hospital board of directors, as well as involved in many committees and improvement teams.
Dr. Huebschman’s dedication and commitment to the health and well-being of her patients and community was very evident during the pandemic. She worked tirelessly to care for others and assist in the many facets of rural health care during unprecedented times. She is seen as a cornerstone of the Grant Regional Health Center Medical Practice and a trusted mentor to many.
She cares deeply for the Lancaster community and has devoted time and attention to assist with the recruitment of future physicians to ensure patients will receive high-quality, compassionate care at Grant Regional Health Center for years to come. In fact, she is currently involved with the coordination and introduction of the new PA program at UW-Platteville.
Grant Regional Health Center is grateful to have such a dedicated, compassionate physician who cares about the successful future of Grant Regional Health Center and its patients.