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Gundersen and Marshfield Clinic in discussions of possible merger



Two leading health organizations in Wisconsin might be coming together.

Gundersen Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System have announced they are in negotiations to merge, possibly by the end of the year.

Gundersen representatives point to similar objectives, and the ability to address deficiencies in care by collaborating.

Officials say the move could lead to greater efficiency for both companies, which in turn would help patients.

“We can work on our services and how to better deliver those across the whole continuum of care”, says Gundersen CEO Scott Rathgaber. “Together and larger we really hope to bring the cost of care down by having those efficiencies.”

Rathgaber made clear that both companies are on equal footing in the negotiations.

“We are looking at this as a merger of equals. We want to use the strengths and leverage them from both systems to make the new entity even better. This isn’t a lifeline from one organization or the other.”

The merger would bring employees to more than 19,000.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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