The news that Saint Joseph’s Hospital will remain an important, viable resource of the Marshfield Clinic Health System was met with relief and confidence throughout the communities of central Wisconsin. Ministry Health and Marshfield Clinic have been the hallmark of exceptional health care in the central and northern regions of the state.
These two organizations have functioned as virtual partners in their responsibilities to provide primary and tertiary care to the people they serve without the need of formal ties in their relationship. They have shared resources, personnel, and expenses without letting contentious issues interfere with their mission. It seemed inevitable that Ministry Saint Joseph’s would do what was in the best interest of their patients and community.
In the more than 45 years that I have had the privilege and opportunity to be a member of Marshfield Clinic, I have witnessed the growth of the two organizations working together, evolving into a nationally and internationally recognized medical center with a commitment to research and education to compliment the care rendered by their providers. Thus, the acquisition of Saint Joseph’s Hospital secures the future of our health care system and provides encouragement for continuing biomedical research and education on this campus.