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Ministry Door County Medical Center and HSHS seek formal partnership

STURGEON BAY, WI – Ministryimage desc for 7 Door County Medical Center (MDCMC), a part of Ascension Wisconsin, and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) todayimage desc for 8 announced that MDCMC plans to transition from its affiliation with Ascension Wisconsin | Ministry Health Care to a new organizational structure that will allow it to continue to operate as a locally led and controlled image desc for 9 hospital in partnership with HSHS with the intent to remain Catholic.  MDCMC and HSHS haveimage desc for 10 signed a Letter of Intent for HSHS to enterimage desc for 12 into a minority interest affiliation with MDCMC that will permit the two organizations to work as partners in the delivery of highimage desc for 13 quality, compassionate health care to the residents of Door County and northeast Wisconsin.
“Ourimage desc for 14 goal in seeking to partner withimage desc for 15 HSHS is to ensure the health care services we provide are highly coordinated and easy to access.  Our patients want to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place, close to home. Because HSHS has a broad presenceimage desc for 16 in northeast Wisconsin, with four hospitals and Prevea health centers located throughout the region, weimage desc for 17 believe they are in the best position to be our partner in care going forward,” said Geraldimage desc for 18 Worrick, President and CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center.image desc for 19  “We remain responsive to the needs of the community and continue to support partnerships that benefit community health.  In fact, patients will see very little change in their day-to-day experience. They will see the same friendly faces, and the same providers who live and work here in our community, and theimage desc for 20 sameimage desc for 21 specialistsimage desc for 22 who serve patients here.”
“Weimage desc for 23 are grateful for the partnership we have enjoyed with Ministry Health Care and Ascension.  As health care in the United States continues to evolve, we feel this opportunity to now formallyimage desc for 24 partnerimage desc for 25 with HSHS makes the most senseimage desc for 26 for the patients and communities we are privilegedimage desc for 27 to serve,” added Patrick O’Hern, MDCMC Board Chair.
“We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship with Door County Medical Center and the entire community since 1999,” said Bernie Sherry, Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive. “Ascension Wisconsin is committed to working with Door County Medical Center and HSHS during this phase of discussions to ensure compassionate, personalized care continues without interruption.”
MDCMC,image desc for 28 in Sturgeon Bay, is aimage desc for 29 25-bed acute-care hospital and outpatient medical center that offers a full range of services and specialties. MDCMC medical staff includes more than 175 physicians who offer care at five locations in Door andimage desc for 30 Kewaunee counties.image desc for 31 
HSHS has 14 hospitals and more than 200 physician clinic sites in Wisconsin and Illinois. The HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division has four hospitals, including two in Green Bay,image desc for 32 one in Oconto Falls and one in Sheboygan.  HSHS St.image desc for 33 Vincent Hospital inimage desc for 34 Green Bay has centers of excellence for cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedics, women’s care, digestive health, and a dedicated children’simage desc for 35 hospital with the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center,image desc for 36 also in Green Bay, offers a full scope of healthcare services including heart care and women’s health.  Through its partnership with Prevea Health, the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division also includes overimage desc for 37 200 physiciansimage desc for 38 in over 40 health centers thatimage desc for 39 provide easyimage desc for 40 access to primary and specialty care physician services.
“Weimage desc for 41 believe that formally partnering with Ministry Door County Medical Center will enable both organizations to work together to improve the health of communities across northeast Wisconsin,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, President and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System.  
“By moreimage desc for 42 closely coordinating the delivery of care in Door County, we can give residents greater access to a larger array of health care services close to where they live.  By combining our expertise and resources, both organizations will create new efficiencies and strengthen the qualityimage desc for 43 of care that residents in the region have come to trust,” added Therese Pandl, Eastern Wisconsin Division President and CEO.
Both MDCMC and HSHS haveimage desc for 44 a history of working together in areas such as oncology services, lab support, electronic medical records, and specialty physician coverage through Prevea.  HSHS and MDCMC will undertake aimage desc for 45 due diligence process before the partnership takes effect, which is anticipated to occur by the end of 2016.  Gerald Worrick will continue to serve as Door County Medical Center CEO following the transition. 

Aboutimage desc for 46 Ministry Door County Medical Center
Ministryimage desc for 47 Door County Medical Center located inimage desc for 48 Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is a fully accredited, acute-care hospital and outpatient medical center, with 25 licensed beds. Ministry Door County Medical Center has been serving the health care needs of the area since 1943.  The hospital offers a full range of services and specialties, including home health (a part of Ministry Home Care), a skilled nursing facility for long-term care and rehabilitation services, a rehab services department and Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic.image desc for 49 More than 175 physicians serve on our medical staff. For more information about Ministry Door County Medical Center visit http://ministryhealth.org/DCMH/home.nws
Aboutimage desc for 50 Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospitalimage desc for 51 Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 Local Systems and more than 200 physician clinic sites in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis isimage desc for 52 the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.
About Ascension              
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 142 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
About Ascension Wisconsin
Ascension Wisconsin includes Columbia St. Mary’s, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Ministry Health Care (which includes Affinity Health System), with 27 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care across the state. Together, the health systems employ more than 24,000 associates and nearly 1,000 medical group physicians. In fiscal year 2015, the health systems that now comprise Ascension Wisconsin provided $300 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.

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