Meriter–UnityPoint Health and UW Hospital and Clinics plan to expand their tradition of collaborating to improve care for women and infants.
Leaders of both entities have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to strengthen their cooperative relationship around mother and baby health. This is the first step toward a potential joint operating agreement, a more formal partnership than the current women’s health affiliation agreement between the two organizations.
“We’ve successfully worked together to provide women and infant health care since the 1950s when medical students trained at Madison General,” said Dr. Geoff Priest, Meriter–UnityPoint Health’s Chief Medical Officer and Interim President. “Coming together with a joint operating agreement will help us better to coordinate the care we provide our patients and the community, truly putting the patient at the center of everything we do.”
“The University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has enjoyed decades of collaboration with Meriter Hospital, providing the mothers and babies of Dane County and the region with the very highest quality of health care,” said Dr. Laurel Rice, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at UW School of Medicine and Public Health and member of the Meriter Hospital Medical Staff. “This agreement will further enhance our partnership, all to the benefit of the community we serve.”
“UW Health has a years-long commitment to serve the community without the duplication of health care services,” said Jeff Poltawsky, senior vice president of American Family Children’s Hospital. “We look forward to enhancing our collaboration to improve the quality, access, cost effectiveness and outcomes of health services for mothers and babies in the communities we serve.”
Meriter–UnityPoint Health and UW Health already partner to provide care in the Meriter Birthing Center, Meriter Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Center for Perinatal Care, Generations Fertility Care and OB/GYN services in three Meriter primary care clinics. UW Health also offers obstetric and gynecological care at six other clinics. This year UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital also added a Level IV NICU.