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HSHS President on the Closing of Western Wisconsin Hospitals: “The Importance of Collaboration in Healthcare Transitions

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Interview with HSHS CEO discusses closures of HSHS and Prevea locations

HSHS President and CEO Damond Boatwright recently spoke with Catholic Health World’s Julie Minda about the closing of HSHS and Prevea locations in western Wisconsin and its impact on rural healthcare. WEAU has requested to speak with Boatwright, but is waiting for a response. In the interview, Boatwright comments on how vulnerable populations, Medicaid and Medicare may have played a role in the health care dynamics of the region, stating that more than 60% of those populations used HSHS hospitals.

Boatwright also discusses the efforts made by the organization to change its situation before deciding on closure, including trying to create its own insurance company. However, he notes that this commercial product did not work as expected due to an oversupply of health care offerings in the community. When asked about partnership opportunities with other Catholic systems, Boatwright explains that HSHS offered them right of first refusal but none were interested or able to take on the burden.

The reaction of impacted communities was mirrored by the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining and eventually acceptance. When asked about how HSHS left the area, Boatwright tells Minda that many other organizations in similar circumstances may have just left without regard for the collateral damage caused. However, HSHS reached out to elected officials and other health care providers to collaborate on transitioning patients and minimize disruption to local communities.

By Samantha Johnson

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