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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare announced the signing of an agreement making Wheaton’s Southeast Wisconsin operations and related corporate services part of Ascension Wisconsin, effective today, March 1, 2016. Based in St. Louis, Ascension is the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in the nation.
Wheaton is one of four regional healthcare systems that are part of Ascension Wisconsin, joining Columbia St. Mary’s, Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System.
Wheaton, which has been sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters and Felician Sisters in Southeast Wisconsin, has a presence throughout the region with eight hospital campuses, 330 medical group physicians, outpatient centers, transitional and long-term care facilities, home health and hospice, and nearly 11,000 associates.
“We are pleased to become part of Ascension Wisconsin. This relationship will support our commitment to deliver high-quality, compassionate and personalized care in the communities we serve,” said John Oliverio, President and CEO of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.
Ascension and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare share a common mission of serving all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Both organizations are committed to promoting community and the common good, and advocating for a compassionate and just society.
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.