Gundersen Health System and Boscobel Area Health Care have entered into an affiliation that will allow patients to continue to receive high-quality healthcare close to home for years to come. The affiliation will become effective on Oct. 1, and the new entity will be known as Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics.
“We are pleased to be taking our relationship with Gundersen to the next level. Gundersen is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare who also understands rural healthcare and the needs of rural hospitals and clinics. We’re excited about what the future holds for Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics,” says David Hartberg, CEO, Boscobel Area Health Care.
Boscobel Area Health Care entered into a management agreement with Gundersen in June 2012. The formal affiliation is the next step in the process of developing the new healthcare delivery system for patients in the Boscobel region.
“At Gundersen Health System, we believe it is important for people who live in smaller communities to have access to primary and specialty care close to home when it is possible to do so. We are pleased to partner with Boscobel Area Health Care to create an efficient, high-quality model of care for patients in the Boscobel, Fennimore and Muscoda areas,” says Kathy Klock, senior vice president of Operations & Human Resources, Gundersen Health System.
During and after the transition, Boscobel Area Health Care will continue to accept insurances they currently accept. Patients will be able to continue their relationships with their current providers. The affiliation will not limit any existing care or access to specialists.
Gundersen Health System is an integrated health system with hospitals and clinics in rural communities throughout western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. Consistently ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country by independent healthcare ratings organizations, the health system is committed to providing high-quality healthcare for people in rural communities.
With a goal of providing care as close to home as possible as long as it is safe to do so, the organization offers a robust telemedicine and outreach program for many of its specialties. Other examples of the organization’s commitment to patients in rural communities are its innovative Priority One Heart Attack and Regional Stroke Alert programs. These programs allow the health system to collaborate with area emergency departments to quickly assess, stabilize, transport and treat heart attack and stroke patients.
Boscobel Area Health Care is the fourth regional healthcare group to join Gundersen Health System. The others are Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics in the Hillsboro area, Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics in the Whitehall area and Palmer Lutheran in West Union, Iowa.
To learn more, go to www.gundersenhealth.org.