MARSHFIELD CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM IS EIGHTH WISCONSIN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO JOIN ABOUTHEALTH

May 12, 2015

Marshfield – Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) is joining AboutHealth, the statewide health care organization that includes Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, ProHealth Care, ThedaCare and UW Health.

The system was developed to enhance clinical quality, increase efficiency and improve customer experiences through shared practices. "Marshfield Clinic Health System is pleased to be named a member of AboutHealth," said CEO Susan Turney, MD, MCHS. "AboutHealth is closely aligned with our mission and we already have working relationships with AboutHealth members. Now, we have the opportunity to strengthen relationships. Together, we are providing the right thing for Wisconsin and a potential national model for healthcare delivery."

Jeff Thompson, MD, chair of the AboutHealth Board of Directors and CEO of Gundersen Health System, said, "With Marshfield Clinic Health System , we will have a broader reach across Wisconsin, allowing all of us to increase quality and lower cost more quickly. ." MCHS is joining the state’s most comprehensive network of health care providers. Collectively, the system provides access to care for about 94 percent of Wisconsin’s population and serves patients in neighboring Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota.

"Marshfield Clinic Health System is an exciting fit, dedicated to the same principles of high quality, value-based health care that defines each of our founding organizations," said Greg Devine, President and CEO of AboutHealth. "We welcome Marshfield Clinic to our efforts to build a new standard for health care for our patients and our communities."

Each of the participating organizations is a recognized leader for delivering some of the highest quality, lowest-cost care in the state. The partnership is open to expanding its membership to include other health care organizations that have a demonstrated record of delivering quality, value-based care in the future.

AboutHealth is a statewide health care organization that includes eight of Wisconsin’s top-performing health care systems makes quality, efficient care accessible to approximately 94 percent of Wisconsinites and their neighbors in parts of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. Members include Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, Marshfield Clinic, ProHealth Care, ThedaCare and UW Health. The members offer patients access to 48 hospitals and over 8,000 providers.

Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) oversees Marshfield Clinic and other subsidiaries, including Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., Marshfield Clinic Information Services, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Marshfield Clinic, with more than 50 locations in Wisconsin, serves patients through accessible, high quality health care, research and education. The Clinic, which will observe its 100th anniversary in 2016, has more than 700 physician specialists in 86 specialties and subspecialties and more than 7,600 employees. Find useful health information and story ideas via the Clinic’s blog Shine365, and on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. With more than 7,000 employees, Aspirus serves communities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The integrated system includes four hospitals in Michigan and four hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and helicopter transport, medical goods, nursing homes and high-quality affiliated physicians.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Aurora’s network participants include its entire offering, including partners at BayCare Clinic and Bay Area Medical Center. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Green Bay, Wis. with more than 3,200 employees. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. The health system is known for its emphasis on preventive healthcare and for the delivery of high-quality care in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health and primary care medicine. Bellin also has a strong reputation for helping employers reduce healthcare costs while improving employee health. Bellin is comprised of two hospitals, a psychiatric center, a network of primary care clinics, retail health clinics, fitness centers, a specialty physician organization, and a college for nursing and radiologic sciences.

Gundersen Health System is a non-profit, comprehensive integrated healthcare network headquartered in La Crosse, Wis. Gundersen’s more than 7,000 employees serve 19 counties in western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and northeastern Iowa. Their network includes one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group medical practices, teaching hospital, regional community hospitals and clinics, behavioral health services, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances. Consistently ranked among the top five percent of hospitals in the United States for clinical quality by independent healthcare ratings organizations, and the first health system in the country to achieve energy independence, Gundersen relentlessly pursues improved health for patients, their families and the communities it serves.

For a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Care Medical Associates clinics, AngelsGrace Hospice, home care and hospice services, West Wood Health & Fitness Center and Regency Senior Communities.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of seven hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, ThedaCare Medical Center-New London, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. Community Health Network, which includes Community Memorial Hospital in Berlin, and Wild Rose Memorial Hospital are in the process of affiliating with ThedaCare. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare At Home. ThedaCare is one of the largest employers in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

UW Health is the academic health center associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It includes:

  • UW School of Medicine and Public Health with its core missions of education and basic, translational, clinical, and population health research.
  • UW Hospital and Clinics, - "Magnet" designated and rated the #1 hospital in Wisconsin by US News and World Report - a 592-bed regional referral center that includes, the 87-bed American Family Children’s Hospital
  • UW Medical Foundation the school’s faculty group practice with approximately 1,300 physicians in 98 specialties;

UW Health is also home to:

  • a Level One Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric care, and a burn center verified by the American College of Surgeons;
  • the Carbone Cancer Center–one of 41 federally designated comprehensive centers for cancer treatment and research, with a network of affiliates throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois;
  • the nation’s seventh largest organ transplant program;
  • a Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke program offering one of the most comprehensive sets of stroke studies in the nation.

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Aspirus
Andy Napgezek
(715) 847-2194
andyn@aspirus.org

Aurora
Adam Beeson
(414) 299-1690
adam.beeson@aurora.org

Bellin
Dana Bzdawka
(920) 433-7811
debzda@bellin.org

Gundersen Health System
Chris Stauffer
(608) 790-8100
cjstauff@gundersenhealth.org

Marshfield Clinic
Teresa Derfus
(715) 387-9362
derfus.teresa@marshfieldclinic.org

ProHealth Care
Susan Rasmussen
(262) 928-2234
Susan.rasmussen@phci.org

ThedaCare
Megan Mulholland
(920) 830-5847
megan.mulholland@thedacare.org

UW Health
Lisa Brunette
(608) 263-5830
nette@uwhealth.org

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