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Wisconsin Nonprofits Froedtert Health & ThedaCare Sign $5.5 Bn Merger Deal

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

December 21, 2023

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The merger deal, initiated with a definitive agreement in September, received regulatory approval, marking a significant development in the healthcare landscape.

Wisconsin-based Froedtert Health and ThedaCare, have concluded their merger, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2024.

The $5.5 billion deal, initiated with a definitive agreement in September, received regulatory approval, marking a significant development in the healthcare landscape.

Commenting on the same, Cathy Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health, said, "After months of thoughtful work, we're excited for this journey to begin as a combined health system."

She added that the merged organisation would continue strengthening local healthcare in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The objective of the merger is to create a robust 18-hospital system that spans various counties, delivering care to over 650,000 residents. Both organisations, Froedtert and ThedaCare, will retain their brand names, ensuring continuity for patients with existing providers.

Commenting on the same, Imran A Andrabi, MD, president and CEO of ThedaCare, said, "We look forward to further defining how we will combine our organizations to make healthcare better for everyone we are privileged to serve."

The leadership transition plan involves Cathy Jacobson leading as CEO for the initial six months, followed by retirement, with Andrabi taking over. The newly formed 18-member board, representing both organisations, will be chaired by Froedtert's Jud Snyder.

Froedtert Health, based in Milwaukee, boasts an integrated network of 10 hospitals and over 2,100 providers. ThedaCare, located in Neenah, spans 17 counties with eight hospitals and over 180 care locations. The merger aims to address health equity, enhance service access, and simplify patient navigation in the healthcare system.

The announcement comes amidst a trend of healthcare mergers in the Midwest. Both organisations affirmed that their decision is not driven by financial challenges but is a strategic move to strengthen their care capabilities and better serve the community.

In the larger context of healthcare mergers, Froedtert Health and ThedaCare's initiative aligns with a broader trend of consolidations, emphasizing the ongoing evolution of the healthcare landscape. The merger is poised to enhance recruitment and retention efforts amid prevailing workforce shortages.

In recent updates, Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health and Allentown's Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) have concluded the initial steps of their $14 billion merger.

The announcement, made on Tuesday, revealed that the two healthcare giants have signed a non-binding letter of intent, marking a pivotal moment in the creation of a leading integrated care delivery system.


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