Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) today 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 hospital in partnership with HSHS with the intent to remain Catholic. MDCMC and HSHS have signed a Letter of Intent for HSHS to enter into a minority interest affiliation with MDCMC that will permit the two organizations to work as partners in the delivery of high quality, compassionate health care to the residents of Door County and northeast Wisconsin.
“Our goal in seeking to partner with 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 presence in northeast Wisconsin, with four hospitals and Prevea health centers located throughout the region, we believe they are in the best position to be our partner in care going forward,” said Gerald Worrick, President and CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center. “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, the same providers who live and work here in our community and the same specialists who serve patients here.”
“We 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 formally partner with HSHS is the most beneficial for the patients and communities we are privileged 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 is a 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 care for patients at five locations in Door and Kewaunee counties.
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, one in Oconto Falls and one in Sheboygan. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay has centers of excellence for cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedics, women’s care, digestive health, and a dedicated children’s hospital with the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, 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 over 200 physicians in over 40 health centers that provide easy access to primary and specialty care physician services.
“We 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.
MDCMC and HSHS have 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 a 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.