UW Health and SwedishAmerican Integration
With the formal merger completed January 1, 2015, UW Health has officially welcomed Rockford, Illinois-based SwedishAmerican into the UW Health family.
The merger brings together the leading health system from each region and strengthens the already strong ties between the two. Building on many years of successful collaboration, the two organizations have now begun planning for more systematic ways to integrate the two systems.
SwedishAmerican serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. It includes a 333-bed acute care hospital in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, Illinois, and a network of 30 primary care and multispecialty clinics. The local market-share leader, SwedishAmerican has received numerous awards for quality and preference from major state and national organizations.
About the UW Health/SwedishAmerican Collaboration
SwedishAmerican and UW Health are partners in a freestanding outpatient cancer center in Rockford, affiliated with the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Currently, 19 specialists with academic appointments at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health see patients in Rockford at SwedishAmerican clinics and hospitals. These types and many other forms of collaboration are expected to expand under the merger.
With the merger, SwedishAmerican retains its local name and identity while displaying its new status as a division of UW Health. The new logo was revealed in June during Founders Week, amid a gathering of leaders from throughout UW Health and staff from the Rockford campus.
SwedishAmerican also maintains its local board and Dr. Bill Gorski continues as the president and CEO of SwedishAmerican and reports to both the SwedishAmerican board and the board of UW Health Regional Division, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established on behalf of UW Health to develop a geographically cohesive health care network.
Sue Ertl, UW Health vice president for regional integration, will spearhead implementation planning for the merger, focusing on primary care and specialty services with an underlying foundation of population health management and support from information systems to achieve the highest quality, safest, most reliable patient-centered care in the most efficient way.