Ministry Health Care Announces Major Initiatives Across Wisconsin

April 13, 2015

Plans position Ministry to meet changing healthcare needs and
remain committed to 125-year mission

(MILWAUKEE, Wis)— On Monday, April 6 the Ministry Board of Directors approved plans to move forward on a number of key strategies which will reinforce our commitment to more effectively meet the needs of those who rely on us for care. With full support of the board, Ministry is moving forward with these key strategies:

• First, at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield we will launch an initiative to renovate and modernize the hospital to create an all-private room care environment that is sized and scoped to meet the needs of the community.

• Second, the organization has committed to significant investment in the growth of our Medical Group in communities throughout Wisconsin to expand our footprint in both primary and specialty care by pursuing an employed and partnered model and alignment with independent groups. This expansion will enable us to improve access for patients in more community-based settings at lower cost.

• Third, we will implement the next generation of the Patient Centered Medical Home which will provide improved convenience, access, enhanced telemedicine capabilities and lower cost for patients and for clinicians we will provide a vibrant growing environment with a reduced burden of non-clinical work, improved practice support, and robust physician influence and voice regarding the future of the medical group.

• Fourth, as part of our commitment to provide high quality, affordable, person-centered care close to home, the organization will offer more services in areas of our region along the I-39 corridor. This will bring new ambulatory care and hospital services to the Weston/Wausau market to not only grow the size of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital but also increase the depth of the specialty services offered.

• Fifth, Ministry’s growth plan also will include the expansion of services in Stevens Point, Woodruff/Minocqua and Rhinelander. For example, at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital we are well underway with a patient-focused expansion of our emergency department and ambulatory surgery center and soon we will start work on expansion of the Stevens Point Cancer Center on the hospital campus.

• Finally, our organization is proud to be a member of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin (IHN). In IHN we are joined by high quality partners at Froedtert Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary’s, SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, Hospital Sisters Health System, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and Agnesian Health System. Together we are well prepared to excel in the system of the future and look forward to working with our partners to lower the cost and enhance the quality of the care we provide in our communities.

Working collaboratively as One Integrated Ministry, the organization is committed to our mission and the delivery of care with a goal to achieve what is often referred to as the “Quadruple Aim” which is:

1. Improved health outcomes for the individual and the community
2. Enhanced person-centered experiences for individuals
3. Enhanced clinician experience for those providing care
4. Lower overall cost of care

“For the past 125 years, our mission to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve has remained constant,” stated Daniel Neufelder, President and CEO of Ministry Health Care. “Ministry is a strong and well diversified healthcare system delivering person-centered care with 15 hospitals, 46 clinic locations, a more than 153,000 member health plan, 700 employed clinicians and over 11,000 associates. Along with Columbia St. Mary’s in southeastern Wisconsin, we are part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system with access to a multitude of resources to draw upon to continue our efforts to deliver high quality, cost effective patient care in a high reliability environment,” he noted.

“The entire healthcare industry recognizes the need for continuous change and improvement,” said Neufelder. “We must continue to lower costs, increase the consistency with which we deliver high quality services, and improve access to care. We believe these actions will propel us well into the future to enable us to meet the evolving needs of the communities and patients we serve. The result will be a system of integrated services that delivers on the quadruple aim and our mission to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve,” he stated.

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