Services on Wheaton Franciscan’s Bluemound Campus to Move to Other Sites - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on June 15, 2016

Services on Wheaton Franciscan’s Bluemound Campus to Move to Other Sites

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Campus to Take on New Use at Later Date

(Glendale, Wisconsin) June 15, 2016 — As Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Columbia St. Mary’s, Ministry HealthCare, and Affinity Health System are coming together as Ascension Wisconsin and responding to the changing needs of individuals in the communities they serve, the health system’s leadership is continuing to evaluate the distribution of services across each community. This evaluation includes a review of utilization and potential duplication of services within Ascension Wisconsin’s systems of care.

“We have identified an opportunity to consolidate services within our orthopedic and cardiac service lines to better optimize investments in technology and staff while continuing to offer high-quality, compassionate and personalized care in convenient locations for those we serve,” said Debra Standridge, President of Wheaton’s North Market.

As a part of that effort, all services currently provided on the 30-bed Bluemound Campus (Wheaton Franciscan – Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital and Wisconsin Heart Hospital) will be moving to Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus in Brookfield. Elmbrook can accommodate increased volumes from the cases currently performed at the Bluemound Campus and is an established orthopedic center of excellence. Elmbrook’s comprehensive orthopedic services include joint replacement options and alternatives for all major joints, innovative treatment of shoulder problems, treatment of spine, neck and back issues, and care for knee, hand, foot, and ankle pain and injuries.

Elmbrook is consistently recognized for high patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. Additionally, renovation of the Elmbrook Memorial sixth floor surgical unit is underway to ensure a continued optimal experience for patients, families, associates and physicians.

In cardiac care, Elmbrook offers state-of-the-art technology and an exceptional team of cardiac specialists, many of whom also currently practice at the Bluemound campus. The hospital includes a heart-focused surgical suite for a wide variety of intervention services, an on-site cardiac catheterization lab for diagnostics and treatment, and expanded ICU services. A second cath lab will be added to the cardiac service line at Elmbrook in the next five months, and the timeline for the addition of an Electrophysiology Lab is still being determined.

In addition to Elmbrook, patients throughout the metro Milwaukee area will continue to have many choices when it comes to seeking excellent comprehensive orthopedic care within Ascension Wisconsin, including Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Franklin, Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin in Glendale, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis and Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus in Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, and for outpatient procedures, Wheaton Franciscan – Wauwatosa Campus. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints in Racine also provides orthopedic services.

The Bluemound Campus is uniquely positioned for future development, and leaders are in the planning stages for a new way to use its convenient location and healing environment as part of continued development of the strategic direction for Ascension Wisconsin. In the coming months, exciting plans will be shared for the campus.

In the meantime, the Bluemound Campus is closing as of July 8, 2016. New patients will not be scheduled after July 1, and the campus will close by July 8 or when the last patient has been discharged from the hospital. The Emergency Department will close at that point, and any patients who need to be admitted in the last two days of operation will be transferred to Elmbrook Memorial or St. Joseph. Until that time, the associates and physicians at the campus will continue to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized care.

The majority of the 192 associates affected are being offered positions at other Wheaton hospitals and within Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group. Others can apply for open positions within Ascension Wisconsin and will be offered severance consistent with Wheaton’s policy. While transitions of this nature are challenging, the organization will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved.

“We are confident that our plans are the right step to take for the individuals and communities we serve, and the continuing Mission of Ascension Wisconsin,” said Tracy Rogers, Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Wisconsin.

About Ascension

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 142 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Ascension Wisconsin

Ascension Wisconsin includes Columbia St. Mary’s, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Ministry Health Care (which includes Affinity Health System), with 27 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care across the state. Together, the health systems employ more than 24,000 associates and nearly 1,000 medical group physicians. In fiscal year 2015, the health systems that now comprise Ascension Wisconsin provided $300 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.


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