ProHealth Care Joins Six Wisconsin Health Care Systems in New Statewide Partnership

September 30, 2014

Milwaukee – Waukesha-based ProHealth Care is joining the recently announced statewide network that includes Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, ThedaCare and UW Health.

The partnership was developed to build upon and advance the clinical quality, efficiency and superior customer experience that has been well-documented and shared among the organizations.

Each of the participating organizations are recognized leaders for delivering some of the highest quality, lowest cost care in the state. Collectively, they rank three percentage points higher than peer Wisconsin health care organizations on quality measures, and nine points more efficient, according to BSG Analytics (publisher of HC Trends), a Wisconsin health care consulting and data analytics company that works with employers, payers and health systems.

ProHealth Care is joining the state’s most comprehensive network of health care providers that collectively provide access to care for about 90 percent of Wisconsin’s population. The network also serves patients in neighboring Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota.

“The ProHealth Care team is an exciting fit with our organization, 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 the partnership. “We welcome ProHealth to our efforts to build a new standard for health care for our patients and our communities.”

Susan Edwards, CEO of ProHealth Care said, “Our promise to our patients and the communities we serve is to deliver the best care possible. In this partnership we have found a group of like-minded health systems, who are also committed to improving health care for everyone. We are excited because we know that when health care quality and efficiency improve, our patients win.”

“We welcome ProHealth Care to the new statewide network. We believe that working together is the trend of the future and allows us to collaborate on creating the best access to health care for everyone in Wisconsin,” said Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care.

“Health care has changed slowly for the last 50 years. Today the industry is evolving to better meet the needs of our patients, our care providers, our communities and our nation. It is the dedicated efforts of like-minded organizations like ours that will drive our industry to provide more value to every patient we treat. We are proud to announce that ProHealth Care has chosen to join our efforts,” Jeff Thompson, MD, chair of the partnership’s board of directors, and CEO of La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System.

The partnership is open to expanding its membership to include other health organizations that have a demonstrated record of delivering quality, value-based care in the future.

The new, strategic partnership among seven of Wisconsin’s top-performing health care organizations makes quality, efficient care accessible to approximately 90 percent of Wisconsinites and their neighbors in parts of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. Partnership members include Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, ProHealth Care, ThedaCare and UW Health. The members have the same electronic health record platforms, and offer patients access to 47 hospitals and over 6,000 physicians.

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.

Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. With more than 6,500 employees, Aspirus serves communities throughout 14 counties in northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The integrated system includes four hospitals in Michigan and three 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 amazing 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. 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 comprehensive multi-specialty group medical practices. Gundersen is a physician-led, not-for profit healthcare system which includes a teaching hospital; community clinics; affiliate hospitals, clinics and nursing homes; behavioral health services; vision centers; pharmacies; and air and ground ambulance services. Gundersen serves 19 counties throughout western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. The hospital is a tertiary referral center and a Level II Trauma Center. The more than 700 medical, dental and associate staff are supported by a staff of more than 6,000 Gundersen is the designated Western Clinical Campus for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. The organization is consistently ranked in the upper 5 percent of hospitals in the country by independent healthcare ratings organizations.

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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Media may contact:

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
ProHealth Care
Susan Edwards
(262) 928-2263
Susan.edwards@phci.org
ThedaCare
Megan Wilcox
(920) 830-5847
megan.wilcox@thedacare.org
UW Health
Lisa Brunette
(608) 263-5830
lbrunette@uwhealth.org

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