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Watertown Area Health Services and UW Health Partnership Enhances Care

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In February 2008, Watertown Area Health Services and UW Health entered into a partnership agreement that links Watertown's independent community hospital and physician network to the extensive resources of UW Health.
The new relationship makes highly-specialized services more accessible to Watertown-area residents without duplicating services. By working together, both Watertown and UW Health expect to enhance primary and specialty care in a cost-effective manner.

"Watertown Area Health Services is very committed to keeping local health care strong," says Watertown Area Health Services CEO John Kosanovich.

"We firmly believe that an affiliation with UW Health will help us achieve our mission of providing the best in health care for our patients," Kosanovich adds. "This partnership allows local residents convenient access to UW's world-class medical specialists, clinical programs and health research."

"The opportunities for mutual benefit are considerable," says Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, MD, president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "This partnership enhances care, medical education and research."

Working Together on Best Practices in Health Care

According to Kosanovich and Grossman, the two organizations are jointly working on advances such as electronic health records, continuous quality-improvement programs and the implementation of best practices in health care.

The Watertown hospital and its other services continue to be led by a local board of directors. With the health care field changing rapidly, Patrick Caine, Board Chairman for Watertown Area Health Services, says the affiliation ensures quality health care in the community well into the future.

"Joining with UW Health allows us to continue successfully competing in our region, and to do so on the basis of outstanding quality and service," says Caine.
"This partnership is a model for how UW Health serves the people of Wisconsin through collaboration and sharing of resources," says Donna Katen-Bahensky, then president and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. "I am delighted that we could join in this important endeavor."