Ministry Health Care and the Medical College of Wisconsin Announce Exploration of a New Partnership

December 15, 2015

(MILWAUKEE)— In a move designed to improve access to high-quality healthcare services for residents of central and northern Wisconsin, officials at Ministry Health Care (MHC) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have announced today the two organizations are pursuing a partnership to expand adult patient care services in Wausau/Weston and the surrounding metro area. This effort will focus on MCW’s recruitment of specialty care clinicians who will live and practice in Wausau/Weston and the surrounding metro area. MHC is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit and largest Catholic health system.

Earlier this year, MHC announced its strategic plans to expand services in key markets along the I-39 corridor and invest in its medical group to recruit more clinicians and enhance access to high-quality, compassionate, personalized care. A key market for MHC is the Wausau/Weston area, where a new, state-of-the-art clinic is being built to begin providing services in fall 2016, and expansion of its specialty services at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital to offer broader acute care services for patients closer to their homes.

“Establishing a relationship with MCW would move us forward rapidly to help achieve this goal,” stated Daniel E. Neufelder, President and CEO for MHC. “We are excited about the possibilities this opens up for our organization to provide greater access to medical care. A partnership with MCW would allow MHC access to more clinicians and extend MHC’s ability to provide care to more people.”

For the past several years, MCW has been actively working to extend its reach into markets outside of southeastern Wisconsin so that it can expand opportunities in medical education programs in locations including new regional campuses in Green Bay and Wausau.

“We believe the opportunity to work more closely with Ministry Health Care opens a number of doors for the Medical College of Wisconsin to extend the reach of our specialty care services and to allow for greater opportunities for medical education across key areas throughout the state,” stated Dr. John R. Raymond, President and CEO of MCW. “Both organizations have strong reputations for delivering high-quality care and are well-recognized regionally and nationally. This partnership would bring together the best of both organizations to better meet healthcare needs in many communities throughout Wisconsin.”

“Clinically integrated partnerships are critical to drive the value and quality of care for patients today,” said Dr. Dan DeBehnke, CEO of Medical College Physicians Group. “We are continuing to evaluate opportunities to bring additional clinicians to our communities over time and expand our capacity to provide compassionate, personalized, specialty care to more people throughout central and northern Wisconsin.”

Both organizations are members of Integrated Health Network (IHN), the state’s first multi-system, clinically integrated accountable care network, a consortium of independent health systems, hospitals and physicians working together to improve the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare.

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