Gundersen, Bellin CEOs don’t expect merger to cause layoffs

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Gundersen Health System’s merger with Bellin Health is not expected to cause layoffs at either hospital.

The two organization’s CEOs participated in a panel discussion on Tuesday.

While some mergers can lead to cuts, the two CEOs expect their combined workforce to grow.

“We don’t see this merger challenging us in that way,” said Chris Woleske, Bellin Health’s president and CEO. “In fact it’s probably going to put extra pressure on us to find more workforce to do the integration work that we want to do.”

The health systems’ combined resources would include 11 hospitals and more than 100 clinics in four Midwestern states.

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