Essentia Health and Marshfield Clinic Health System will not move forward with integration

Essentia Health and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) announced Friday that they will not move forward with the proposed integration of the two organizations. The two associations have been discussing the possibility of integration for the past two years.

According to Essentia Health, the two organizations decided that joining at this time is not the right path forward for the respective organizations, colleagues and patients.

“As we’ve explored this opportunity, I appreciate the relationships we’ve built with the skilled Marshfield Clinic providers, staff and leaders who share our dedication to excellent care,” Essentia Health CEO Dr. David Herman said in a press release. “Moving ahead, Essentia continues to focus on building innovative partnerships and transforming care for our communities. As a strong, growing organization, we are guided by our mission to make a healthy difference for those we are privileged to serve.”

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Both organizations say they would like to collaborate in the future to better their communities and deliver the best patient care that they can.

Essentia Health and the Marshfield Clinic Health System are high-performing, well-respected, community-focused organizations. Those similarities served as the basis for efforts toward a combination. As we now move our separate ways, Marshfield Clinic looks forward to advancing our 100-year legacy of providing compassionate and accessible care to the communities we serve. Our commitment to continually enhance the level of care we provide remains firmly in place as we look to the future,” MCHS Interim CEO Dr. Brian Hoerneman said in the release.

Essentia Health did add that Marshfield’s financial situation was the primary factor to end the discussions. They feel Essentia finances are strong, and would like to maintain that stability.

Essentia also stated that regulatory reviews were still in process and that they didn’t affect the outcome of the negotiations.

For more information about Essentia Health and Marshfield Clinic Health System, head to their websites.