Aspirus Health finalizes acquisition of Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill
Other area hospitals and clinics in north and central Wisconsin also acquired
TINA L. SCOTT
On Monday, August 2, Aspirus confirmed they had assumed ownership of 7 hospitals, 21 physician clinics, and air and ground medical transport services located in north and central Wisconsin, previously owned by Ascension Wisconsin.
In Merrill, Good Samaritan Hospital was one of the facilities acquired by Aspirus. An August 2 press release from Aspirus confirmed the completion of the acquisitions that had been previously announced in January of this year.
Other area hospitals acquired by Aspirus include: Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk, St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Eagle River Hospital in Eagle River, and Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley.
“To avoid confusion, the names of these hospitals and clinics will remain the same for the immediate future, although on site signs will indicate that they have joined Aspirus Health,” the press release said. “Ultimately, facility names will be changed to reflect the Aspirus brand. By December 2021 all signs and materials will reflect the new Aspirus facility names.”
“Transitioning Ascension patients are encouraged to direct any questions or suggestions to their care provider, which will not change as a result of this acquisition,” it said. “For information about individual medical records, appointments or other issues, a robust help site is available at www.aspirus.org.”
“The planned transfer, first announced as a signed agreement in January 2021, was subject to regulatory and canonical requirements to complete the acquisition,” the release added. “All approvals are now in hand, and today, 2,700 new team members report to work as a part of the Aspirus Health system.”
“While Aspirus is excited about the future, patients and the community should not experience immediate changes. Aspirus plans to engage its new team members and key local stakeholders to learn about each community’s culture and health needs. Over time, Aspirus will invest resources and expertise,” it said.