Milwaukee—May 9, 2007—The Marsho Family Medical Group of Sheboygan, Wis., today signed a letter of intent to form an affiliation with Columbia St. Mary’s Community Physicians, a group of 27 primary and specialty care clinics in southeastern Wisconsin. This new relationship will allow the Marsho Family Medical Group the opportunity to expand and grow, thus assuring that its patients and the Sheboygan community will continue to receive the finest possible primary care in a community setting.
“Being a part of Columbia St. Mary’s will allow us to better meet our patients’ needs,” said James Pawlak, MD of the Marsho Family Medical Group. “Our patients will now have seamless access to Columbia St. Mary’s to assure a continuum of care for those patients who require health care services not available in Sheboygan.”
“We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Marsho, which is one of the premiere primary clinics in the State,” said Leo P. Brideau, president, Columbia St. Mary’s. Brideau said that Sheboygan residents, as well as Marsho Family Medical Group physicians, would also benefit from access to Columbia St. Mary’s electronic health records.
Brideau stressed that this affiliation won’t change existing relationships that Marsho physicians have with Sheboygan area health care providers. Sheboygan residents will also have better access to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, in neighboring Ozaukee County.
Dr. Pawlak said that the partnership will benefit Sheboygan businesses because Columbia St. Mary’s has consistently been rated among the lowest cost health care systems in Wisconsin.
The affiliation will also benefit Sheboygan residents by providing them expanded access to specialty services not currently available to them. Additionally, Columbia St. Mary’s is embarking on an exciting project to build a state-of-the art hospital in Milwaukee that will transform the way patients receive health care. They are also nearing completion of an expansion of their hospital in Mequon due to open in November of this year.
Marsho currently has eight primary care physicians and seven ancillary health care professionals at its Sheboygan location and two doctors at Plymouth Medical Plaza in Plymouth, Wis. The practice location and contact information at Sheboygan and Plymouth will remain the same.
The Columbia St. Mary’s system is comprised of four hospitals (Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Columbia, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute), the Columbia College of Nursing, and a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. In April, Columbia St. Mary’s and Froedtert and Community Health signed a letter of intent to form a partnership that would be finalized later this year. Columbia St. Mary’s serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 157 years of service. Columbia St. Mary’s and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.