A. Hudson Hospital would become a member of the HealthPartners family of healthcare companies. The HealthPartners care system includes a number of separate entities that share a common mission and are joined together through shared resources and affiliations. By joining the HealthPartners family of care, Hudson Hospital would become a member of RH-Wisconsin, another HealthPartners entity. Hudson Hospital will continue to have its own board of directors including representation from the hospital’s medical staff and the community.
A. As a policy, hospital officials do not discuss specific details around contract negotiations or financial terms.
A. In 1999, the Hudson Hospital community board of directors chose HealthPartners as a preferred partner, yet remained independent. Since that time, the partnership has provided local access to physician specialists, expertise and other needed health care services unobtainable by a more rural community hospital. Over the nine-year affiliation with Hudson Hospital, HealthPartners’ mission and vision for our community’s health care has proven to be in harmony with ours.
The hospital’s board and leaders have been exploring long-term planning for three years to identify the best ways to expand local health care in parallel with the demographic growth in the western Wisconsin region. Anticipating challenges brought by new technologies, increased specializatjon and overall changes in the health care landscape, this full affiliation holds numerous benefits for the hospital and our region.
A. Hudson Hospital’s board of directors, comprised of volunteer board members and on behalf of the community, led a three-year, long-term strategic planning initiative to ensure continued success of Hudson Hospital on behalf of the community.
A. The hospital has long been considering a minor name change to better reflect its ownership of the Specialty Clinic and increased availability of other outpatient and specialty services. It is possible the hospital will alter its name slightly.
A.Marian Furlong will continue to be the president and chief executive officer of Hudson Hospital, accountable to the hospital’s board of directors.
A. Hudson Hospital will continue to be governed under the direction of its board of directors. A majority of the board will continue to be made up of volunteer community members. The board will complete a nominating and voting process of existing and potentially new board members prior to the expected closing.
A. Hudson Hospital. There is no change to the title for land.
A. Once the annual capital budget of Hudson Hospital is approved by the hospital’s board, the budget is subject to approval by RH-Wisconsin and HealthPartners.
A. This is not a consolidation with other western Wisconsin hospitals. However, the hospital’s board of directors will evaluate how the hospital can benefit from being part of a broader health care organization with access to additional services and specialists.
A. A HealthPartners affiliate — RH-Wisconsin Inc. — will have a membership interest in Hudson Hospital. This is a term used in the non-profit sector to describe our affiliation. In practical terms, it means that each organization will continue to be a separate entity, with their own boards of directors with local representation from their respective hospital, medical staff and communities. But, as a member of the HealthPartners family, it will share a common mission of improving the health of our members, patients and the community. To help ensure this, the HealthPartners affiliate will have approval authorities over significant actions of the Hudson Hospital board.