UW Health Announces New Affiliation

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WATERTOWN – Emphasizing their common vision, leaders of Watertown Area Health Services (WAHS) and UW Health in Madison today announced an affiliation that will link Watertown’s independent community hospital and physician network to the extensive resources of UW Health.
Although UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center will remain independent, the new affiliation includes plans to expand the range of specialized health care services available to Watertown-area patients in their community. If patients require highly specialized services, they will have easy access to the extensive medical and surgical services available at UW Health.
"The mission of Watertown Area Health Services is to provide the best in health care to our patients,” said John Kosanovich, chief executive officer of WAHS. “We firmly believe that an affiliation with UW Health will help us achieve our mission. We are excited about the possibilities created by a partnership between Watertown Memorial Hospital and UW Health and feel that patients in the communities we serve will benefit from the enhanced programs and services we will be able to provide through this collaboration.”
Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, senior associate dean for clinical affairs at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, said, “Watertown Area Health Services has shown a commitment to be a leader in both the quality of care and the delivery of excellent customer service. UW Health has built a national reputation in those areas, and so the idea of forming a partnership was appealing to us. ”
Kosanovich and Grossman said that, in addition to patient benefits, each organization would gain from working more closely with the other. UW Health’s research and educational efforts would be strengthened through the link to the community, and it is expected that UW Health and Watertown will jointly work on advances such as electronic health records, continuous quality-improvement programs and the implementation of best practices in health care.

UW Health includes University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison; the brand-new American Family Children’s Hospital, which opened in August; a variety of clinics throughout the region; and UW Medical Foundation, the largest group practice in the state. It also includes the state’s only federally designated comprehensive cancer center. The School of Medicine and Public Health expends millions of dollars in clinical research studies, which offer opportunities for patients to receive the most advanced treatments available.

Watertown Area Health Services is an independent, non-profit provider of health care and well-living services to area communities. With UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center as its cornerstone, Watertown Area Health Services has grown over the last decade to include comprehensive centers of excellence in women’s health, bone and joint health and a brand new Heart and Vascular Center; clinics in Watertown, Juneau, Lake Mills and Johnson Creek; senior housing ventures in Watertown and Waterloo; mental health counseling; wellness and prevention services; a unique cancer care partnership at the UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek; Watertown Area Health Services has consistently ranked in the top ten percent in the country for patient satisfaction and has earned repeated recognition for its use of technology to promote the highest quality medical care.

Date Published: 10/08/2008

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