Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) After several months of discussion over a potential merger, Gundersen Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System have mutually decided to remain independent.
Both health systems announced in May 2019 they were in discussions over how they might combine their two organizations.
“We are thankful to Gundersen for coming together with us to have these discussions. Bringing two entities together of our size and scope is an incredibly complex process, and first and foremost in that process is making sure it was the best path forward for our patients, staff and communities,” said Dr. Susan Turney, chief executive officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System. “While we mutually decided to remain independent, we will continue to execute our strategy of smart growth as we look for opportunities to ensure residents across rural Wisconsin have access to excellent health care close to home.”
Gundersen and Marshfield will continue partnering on various initiatives including the Wisconsin National Community Oncology Research Program and NIH’s All of Us precision medicine research program.
“This was an opportunity we had to explore. Yet, we have to make the right decision for our patients and for our organizations,” says Scott Rathgaber, MD, chief executive officer, Gundersen Health System.