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SwedishAmerican and UW Health Announce Affiliation

March 2, 2010

SwedishAmerican Health System and UW Health in Madison today announced a new affiliation agreement, with the goal of providing access to highly sophisticated sub-specialty health care for local patients and the opportunity to create more specialized services in Rockford in the future.

With this agreement, the two organizations will jointly work on regional strategies such as expanding cancer services in Rockford, enhancing the delivery of care, advancing medical research, growing regional telemedicine infrastructures, and achieving seamless patient transfers and referrals between the two health systems.

SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski said he is pleased that a nationally recognized medical center understands SwedishAmerican’s commitment to quality and its leadership position in providing care to the people of northern Illinois. He added that the SwedishAmerican Board embraced this opportunity to significantly impact the health system’s regional strategies and service offerings.

“SwedishAmerican is very excited to enter into this exclusive affiliation with UW Health,” said Dr. Gorski. “Our Board and leadership team are constantly looking for ways to enhance and expand the services we provide to thousands of patients and families in northern Illinois. This initiative with UW affords us just such an opportunity.”

Dr. Gorski added this affiliation is neither a merger nor an acquisition. Rather it is the coming together of two strong organizations who share a common vision of bringing enhanced programming to the region.

“UW is internationally recognized as an academic medical center, at the forefront of research, technology, education, and clinical programming. SwedishAmerican is perhaps at the strongest point in our history. Our quality outcomes, market share and consumer preference are at historic highs. Together our organizations are focused on partnering our strengths to create superior patient care experiences,” said Dr. Gorski.

Donna Katen-Bahensky president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics, said the affiliation with a health system the size and scope of SwedishAmerican will provide mutual benefits that will enhance patient care, medical education and research.

“As we have come to know the SwedishAmerican system, we have been impressed with the commitment of its leadership to patient- and family-centered care and evidence-based medicine,” said Katen-Bahensky. “We share a dedication to continuous improvement in patient care and I’m excited to work with SwedishAmerican on projects we can implement together.”

“Our missions, values and dedication to serving our communities seem very well aligned with those of the leadership of SwedishAmerican,” said Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, president and CEO of the UW Medical Foundation. “Collaboration across systems to support healthier population is not easy work, but we think we will have a great partner in SwedishAmerican.”

UW Health includes the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, the American Family Children’s Hospital, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, which is the largest physician group practice in Wisconsin.

SwedishAmerican Health System includes 333-bed SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford; SwedishAmerican Medical Center in Belvidere; SwedishAmerican Medical Group, a multi-specialty group with clinics in four counties across northern Illinois; SwedishAmerican Foundation, SwedishAmerican Home Health Care; and other health care and health management subsidiaries including TriRivers Health Partners, a regional information technology joint venture with FHN in Freeport.

For further information, contact:
Jan Hagenlocher

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