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Door County Medical Center and Hospital Sisters Health System Begin Partnership

Sturgeon Bay, WI Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) announced that today marks the beginning of DCMC’s official transition from its affiliation with Ascension Ministry Health Care to its partnership with HSHS. The new organizational structure, in which HSHS enters into a minority interest affiliation with DCMC, will allow DCMC to continue to operate as a locally led and controlled hospital in partnership with HSHS. DCMC remains a Catholic institution, continuing its mission to provide compassionate health care to all.
The two organizations will work as partners to deliver high quality, health care to the residents of Door County and northeast Wisconsin. Prior to the transition, DCMC was part of Ministry Health Care and Ascension.
“This new partnership is an opportunity to continue to provide trusted, expert medical care to our community, while offering increased access to services and providers.  HSHS’ broad presence in our area, including four hospitals and several Prevea health centers, make them an ideal partner for providing coordinated, comprehensive care,” says Gerald Worrick, DCMC’s President and CEO. “The new structure will allow us to retain local control of our hospital, remain responsive to the needs of the community and continue to support partnerships that benefit community health.  Our trusted team of providers and staff will care for patients with the same goals, values and relationships as before. There will be little change to the patient experience, as people will still see the same friendly faces of providers who live and work in our community, and the same specialists who have earned the patients’ trust.”
“We are grateful for the partnership we have enjoyed with Ministry Health Care and Ascension, and we welcome this new opportunity. As we continue to evolve and grow in an ever-changing health care landscape, our new relationships with HSHS will benefit our patients and the communities we have been privileged to serve for more than 70 years. We believe this change will only strengthen the quality of care at both DCMC and HSHS,” added Patrick O’Hern, DCMC Board Chair.
DCMC, in Sturgeon Bay, is a 25-bed acute-care hospital and outpatient medical center that offers a full range of services and specialties. DCMC medical staff includes more than 175 physicians who offer care at five locations in Door and Kewaunee counties. DCMC 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.
“Our partnership with Door County Medical Center allows us to work together to improve the health of our patients and the health of the communities we serve across northeast Wisconsin,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, President and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System. 
“We are proud to partner with Door County Medical Center - a source of trusted, expert health care in the region. This partnership brings together two high-quality, mission-driven health care organizations that will advance services, create efficiencies and strengthen the care for people in the Door County community,” added Therese Pandl, Eastern Wisconsin Division President and CEO.
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.
About Door County Medical Center
Door County Medical Center located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is a fully accredited, acute-care hospital and outpatient medical center, with 25 licensed beds. Door County Medical Center has been serving the health care needs of the area since 1943.  The hospital offers a full range of services and specialties, a skilled nursing facility for long-term care and rehabilitation services, a rehab services department and several North Shore Medical Clinic locations. More than 175 physicians serve on our medical staff.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 Local Systems and more than 200 physician clinic sites in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.

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