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Please note that the affiliation transaction is pending review and approval by appropriate government agencies:

Why did Meriter choose UnityPoint Health as a partner?

UnityPoint Health and Meriter are a good fit. Both are quality organizations that enjoy positive relationships with physicians, staff and the community. Further, UnityPoint Health affiliates have received national recognition, and we believe this recognition reflects the high-quality, lower-cost care and reputation of UnityPoint Health providers.

UnityPoint Health’s vision of best outcome for every patient every time and community-based focus ensures that Meriter will continue to flourish for years to come.

In the affiliation, UnityPoint Health will provide resources to MHS, supporting and enhancing the services provided to the community, including taking an ownership interest in Physicians Plus and providing clinical practice and management support to Meriter Medical Group.
Will future profits stay in the community?
Together with UnityPoint Health, we will enhance and preserve our community-focused mission. Under UnityPoint Health’s model, we will continue to fulfill our not-for-profit mission by reinvesting our resources back into this community.

What assurances do we have that Meriter’s commitment to charitable care will continue?
Like Meriter, UnityPoint Health is a not-for-profit, charitable organization with a strong commitment to charity care.

What will happen to local governance of your community-based health system?
Meriter will maintain its current local governing board with local autonomy. For example, decisions regarding what services will be provided by Meriter and how capital will be spent will remain local, here in Dane County. The Meriter board will continue to include members of the community. Two representatives from Meriter will be members of the UnityPoint Health board.

Why is the timing right for a partnership?
To increase efficiency as we continue to provide high quality, cost efficient care, Meriter will operate most effectively when aligned with UnityPoint Health.  In 2014 and beyond, healthcare provider revenues will continue to have more to do with clinical outcomes, quality and cost efficiency and less to do with patient volumes.

Meriter is doing this because it is the right thing to do – for Meriter, our patients, our employees, our physicians and the community. We are not doing this because we have to – or because we’re in financial trouble. Quite the contrary, the best time to seek out a strategic partner is when an organization is financially strong and can bring value to the partnership.