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Winter 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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Page 56 of 83 W INTER 2019 57 Practice quality medicine and live your life to the fullest. Ascension Wisconsin is actively recruiting for Anesthesia · Cardiology · Dermatology · Emergency Medicine · Family Medicine · Hospitalist · Internal Medicine · Neurology · OG/GYN · Pediatrics · Primary Care · Psychiatry · Rheumatology · Urgent Care · Urology We invite you to join our team and become part of a dynamic organization. Physicians who recently joined us indicate that the excellent work/life balance combined with friendly, thriving communities was ultimately what drew them here. Ascension Wisconsin is a combination of four systems— Affinity Health System, Columbia St. Mary's, Ministry Health Care and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. We are comprised of 23 hospitals and more than 100 clinic sites across the state, ranging from Racine to Eagle River. Ascension Healthcare, is the largest nonprofit health system in the US and the world's largest Catholic health system. Please contact Paula Hoerter at 715.346.0590 or A passion for his community also led David o . Barbe, M.D., M h A, to open a solo practice in his hometown. As he finished his residency in family medicine at the University of Kansas, Barbe says he and his wife had an easy decision in front of them. They had both grown up in the same small town of Mountain Grove, Missouri —with a population under 5,000 — and as a nurse, she shared his conviction that the area needed more providers. "We both knew that we wanted to return to our area of rural southern Missouri, and we saw it as a mission. That area has been underserved for as long as I can remember," says Barbe, who attended the University of Missou ri – Colu mbia School of Medicine. Barbe had seen firsthand that the area never had enough physicians. He says the health care facilities there were few and far between, and there was no hospital. He knew he wanted to serve that population. "We went in eyes wide open," he adds. "And although there were physicians in that community, joining with one of them wasn't quite the right fit. So we opened a solo practice from scratch." Barbe established a solo practice in traditional family medicine, including obstetrics, endoscopy and minor surgery. "That was daunting, but we managed to pull together a simple one-physician office," he says. "We opened our doors on August 1, 1983 and had essentially a full panel of patients the very first day. I have never regretted it or looked back." Over time, Barbe expanded his independent practice to two sites with several physicians. "I practiced solo for four years before I recruited my first partner," he recalls. "She and I built that practice as an independent practice. In fact, we established a second office in a community about 25 miles away." After 15 years in independent practice, Ba rbe joi ned Mercy Clinic in Springfield, Missouri, a 650 -physician multi-specialty integrated group. He saw merging as a way to bring more resources into his community and serve them better than he could as an individual physician. Barbe is now vice president of regional operations for Mercy and oversees five hospitals, 90 clinics and more than 200 physicians and advanced practitioners. "But despite that growth and success, my practice eventually came full circle," he says. "The physician who'd been with me for 22 years retired and another who'd been with me for 18 moved, leaving me as a solo practitioner, back to how I started." At first, he didn't succeed in recruiting another physician to join him, but then his own son chose family medicine as a specialty and began seriously considering coming back home to practice. "He's now decided to do just that," says Barbe happily. "It wasn't because of my pushing or encouragement. It was because he saw some of the merits of a rural practice that I experienced throughout my career." Advice for going home Whether you're excited about moving back home or just contemplating the idea, physicians who have done it have advice to share. They say it's important to think carefully about the decision. Allen, who returned to

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