WisBusiness: Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen exploring merger

WisBusiness: Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen exploring merger

If the proposed merger between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System goes through, the combined system could serve patients in more than 50 counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

That’s according to Gundersen CEO Scott Rathgaber, who says more than 2 million people live in the area the combined organizations would cover. These mostly rural residents are spread over thousands of miles, and he says they’re often underserved compared to urban inhabitants.

“That’s the challenge; how do we bring care to people as close to home as possible?” Rathgaber said yesterday during a conference call. “It’s what we’re committed to doing.”

Lacking broadband internet and easy interstate access puts these people at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing care. Rathgaber says the potential merger will “only strengthen our ability to bring services and concentrate resources” for these patients.

Read the full WisBusiness article here.