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Gundersen in merger talks with Green Bay’s Bellin hospital group



Two large Wisconsin hospital systems are working on a possible merger — Gundersen Health System in La Crosse and Bellin Health Systems in Green Bay.


The companies are described as being “deep into discussions” of a merger with a final agreement possible soon.

The proposed partnership would combine the resources of 11 hospitals and over 100 local clinics.

Gundersen is dominant in the western part of the state, while Bellin has hospitals in the Green Bay area.

Dr. Scott Rathgaber, the CEO at Gundersen, says combining with Bellin will allow the two companies to expand health care in the community they serve.

Both Gundersen and Bellin would keep their current headquarters, but would have a leadership board representing both hospitals, with Rathgaber as the entire system’s CEO.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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