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HSHS’s Hospital Closures: Navigating the Uncertain Waters of Rural Healthcare and Community Reaction

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
Interview with HSHS CEO Discussing HSHS and Prevea Closures

In a recent interview with Catholic Health World, Damond Boatwright, President and CEO of HSHS, discussed the closure of its hospitals in western Wisconsin and its implications for rural healthcare. Boatwright revealed that over 60% of vulnerable populations, including Medicaid and Medicare patients, utilized HSHS hospitals. He spoke about efforts made by the organization to improve the situation before deciding on closure, such as launching its own insurance company.

Despite these efforts, the market was oversupplied, which contributed to the challenges faced by HSHS. During the interview, Boatwright also mentioned HSHS’s attempts to partner with Catholic systems and non-Catholic partners but none were interested or able to make an agreement.

When discussing the community’s reaction to the closures, Boatwright noted that it mirrored the stages of grief, with people moving through denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance. Boatwright emphasized that HSHS took steps to collaborate with other healthcare providers and elected officials to ensure a smooth transition for patients.

Despite the challenges faced by HSHS, Boatwright highlighted his organization’s commitment to its values and doing what is right for the community. He expressed a sense of responsibility and dedication to ensuring a positive outcome for all involved. Other organizations in similar situations may have simply left the market without considering the impact on the community.

By Samantha Nguyen

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