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From Grief to Acceptance: HSHS CEO Discusses the Closure of Its Western Wisconsin Hospitals and the Impact on Rural Healthcare

Interview with HSHS CEO discusses closures of HSHS and Prevea locations

From Grief to Acceptance: HSHS CEO Discusses the Closure of Its Western Wisconsin Hospitals and the Impact on Rural Healthcare

Damond Boatwright, CEO of HSHS, recently spoke with Julie Minda of Catholic Health World about the closure of its and Prevea locations in western Wisconsin and the impact on rural healthcare. Boatwright discussed how vulnerable populations, including Medicaid and Medicare, made up more than 60% of those using HSHS hospitals. He also mentioned that the organization tried to create its own insurance company as an alternative but ultimately decided to close due to market oversupply.

In an interview with Minda, Boatwright explained that he believes the reaction of the impacted communities mirrors the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining and eventually acceptance. He commented on how other organizations may have simply left the market without any regard for the collateral damage caused, but HSHS reached out to other healthcare providers to collaborate on transitioning patients and contacted elected officials early on in the process. Despite this, some people may not have been ready for such a significant change.

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