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Published on March 10, 2015

SSM Health Joins Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin

Scope and experience further strengthen IHN’s network

Milwaukee, Wis. (DATE, 2015) – SSM Health and Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin (IHN) are joining forces to improve the patient experience while providing higher quality care at a more affordable cost. St. Louis-based SSM Health owns three hospitals, Dean Clinic and Dean Health Plan in Wisconsin.

IHN is a clinically integrated network of major Wisconsin health systems and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The addition of SSM Health will significantly expand the geographic coverage for Integrated Health Network into south-central Wisconsin and increase the rapidly growing accountable care organization to 45 hospitals, 555 clinics and more than 5,700 physicians and participating providers.

“The scope of SSM Health, its hospitals and clinics, and their substantial experience in managing large patient populations through ownership of Dean Health Plan are significant, and we are eager to determine how to best leverage that to improve quality and control costs,” said Kurt Janavitz, chief executive officer of Integrated Health Network.

SSM Health provides comprehensive health care services across an 18-county area of south-central Wisconsin at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, and St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. It provides outpatient medical and health services through a network of wholly-owned clinics. Also part of SSM Health are two skilled nursing facilities (St. Mary's Care Center in Madison and St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo), Home Health United, Dean Health Plan serving more than 425,000 lives in Wisconsin, and Navitus, a pharmacy benefit management services company serving 4 million members in partnership with 63,000 pharmacies.

 “We are pleased and excited to become part of this consortium that is transforming health care delivery,” said Damond Boatwright, SSM Health regional president of hospital operations. “To further enhance the patient experience, improve outcomes and make care more affordable, we must continue to provide a personalized and proactive approach. We look forward to doing just that through our partnership with IHN.”

“Our organization is dedicated to providing exceptional care,” said Dean Clinic President and CEO Stewart Watson, M.D. “Our affiliation with IHN will give us access to even more resources and expertise so we may continue to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve.”

SSM Health joins current IHN network members including Agnesian HealthCare, Columbia St. Mary’s, Froedtert Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Hospital Sisters Health System, Ministry Health Care, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and many independent physician partners. With the addition of SSM Health, the network will impact more than 3 million people, touching the lives of more than half of the state’s residents.

Through IHN, network members leverage a sophisticated data and care management infrastructure to provide high quality, efficient and more affordable health care. As a result of successfully achieving full clinical integration, IHN can contract jointly on behalf of its members under a single signature. In this capacity, IHN has negotiated more than 20 value-based contracts with insurance providers and employers. IHN members must meet specific goals for cost, quality and care coordination to participate. 

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