Wed. Jun 19th, 2024
Interview with HSHS CEO discusses closures of HSHS and Prevea locations

Boatwright, the CEO of HSHS, spoke to Julie Minda of Catholic Health World about the closure of HSHS and Prevea locations in western Wisconsin. He explains how vulnerable populations, Medicaid and Medicare might have factored into the health care dynamics of the region, with over 60% of these populations using HSHS hospitals. Boatwright also discusses efforts made by the organization to change its situation before deciding on closure, including trying to create its own insurance company.

In an interview with Minda, Boatwright reveals that the market for health care in the region was oversupplied and that there were many options available for patients. Despite this, HSHS tried to identify potential Catholic systems to partner with and offered them right of first refusal. When none were interested or able to, the health system reached out to a potential non-Catholic partner but couldn’t come to an agreement.

Boatwright discusses how the impacted communities reacted to the closure as if going through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining and eventually acceptance. When asked about how HSHS left the area, he explains that many other organizations in similar circumstances would have just left without regard for collateral damage caused by their departure. However, HSHS reached out to other health care providers for collaboration on patient transition and early on contacted elected officials.

By Aiden Nguyen

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