Gundersen, Bellin Health begin merged services December 1

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Bellin Health and Gundersen Health System have announced they plan to begin combined operations on Dec. 1.

The two announced plans for a merger in June, hoping to offer a broader network of services across the state.

“Our health systems have been successfully fulfilling our individual missions, but we know we will thrive and best serve our patients and communities by finding partners with shared missions and strategic visions,” said Scott Rathgaber, MD, current Gundersen chief executive officer, and incoming CEO of the merged organizations. “This merger brings transformative opportunities to expand our patient-centered care and community-minded work. Together, we can invest resources wisely and efficiently to improve health and well-being in our communities, especially for marginalized individuals and broadly for everyone in our care.” 

Both health care providers want to assure patients that the merger will not change the care they are accustomed to.

“The most important message we want to share with everyone is this: The people you know and the care and locations you trust are not changing. Coming together will allow Bellin and Gundersen to better serve our patients and communities, preserving and enhancing a legacy of local, personalized care that will endure for decades to come,” Bellin CEO, Chris Woleske said. “We have found a true partner in Gundersen, and we know we will be stronger together.” 

Bellin and Gundersen anticipate closing on the merger November 30 and beginning operations December 1.