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Interview with HSHS CEO Discussing HSHS and Prevea Closures

Boatwright, the President and CEO of HSHS, discussed the closure of HSHS and Prevea locations in western Wisconsin, and its impact on rural healthcare in an interview with Julie Minda from Catholic Health World. He revealed that more than 60% of vulnerable populations including Medicaid and Medicare patients utilized HSHS hospitals. Boatwright spoke about efforts made by the organization to improve the situation before making the decision to close, such as launching its own insurance company.

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 facing challenges such as market oversupply, Boatwright highlighted HSHS’s commitment to its values and doing what is right for the community even though it may not have been immediately welcomed. He expressed a sense of responsibility and dedication towards 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.

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