CHN finalizes agreement with ThedaCare

Community Health Network (CHN) and Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital (WRCMH) systems, which include non-profit community hospitals and clinics, will begin integrating into ThedaCare June 30.

The three systems’ board of trustees all approved contracts to affiliate and signed the papers last week, following three months of due diligence after they signed a letter of intent to affiliate.

CHN and WRCMH will begin incorporating some shared processes and other steps that will align them with the ThedaCare system with full integration beginning in January 2015.

“The signing of the agreement is an important first step of a process that over time will bring our organizations together,” said John Feeney, CEO and president of CHN. “CHN and ThedaCare have worked well together in the past and we’re looking forward to joining the ThedaCare family. Our employees will become part of ThedaCare on Jan. 1, 2015, but integration efforts are already in motion.”

WRCMH CEO Don Caves said becoming part of the ThedaCare family is a win/win for employees and patients.

“The changing health-care environment is requiring organizations our size to look for ways to enhance healthcare quality, deliver healthcare more cost-effectively, reduce duplication and improve the patient experience,” Caves said. “This affiliation will allow us to serve all our patients’ needs.”

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