ThedaCare’s potential merger part of trend

February 27, 2016 | Appleton Post-Crescent, In The Media

ThedaCare, a health system in Wisconsin, is considering consolidating its two largest hospitals. The potential merger would become the latest in a nationwide trend of merging health care operations. CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips warns that using research on consolidation in the healthcare industry to predict effects on ThedaCare is the equivalent of comparing apples to oranges.

That’s because nearly all research on the consolidations in the health care industry focused on the merging of two health care companies, not the merging of two facilities within one company, as ThedaCare proposes.