Boatwright on the Closure of HSHS and Prevea Locations: Upholding Values and Protecting Rural Healthcare

Interview with HSHS CEO Discussing HSHS and Prevea Closures

HSHS President and CEO, Damond Boatwright, recently discussed the closure of HSHS and Prevea locations in western Wisconsin, as well as its implications for rural healthcare, in an interview with Catholic Health World’s Julie Minda. Boatwright explained that over 60% of vulnerable populations, including Medicaid and Medicare patients, utilized HSHS hospitals. He spoke about efforts the organization made to improve the situation before deciding on closure, such as launching its own insurance company.

Boatwright acknowledged that the market was oversupplied, which contributed to the challenges faced by HSHS. During the interview, he also mentioned HSHS’s attempts to partner with Catholic systems and non-Catholic partners but none were interested or able to make an agreement. When discussing the community’s reaction to the closures, Boatwright noted that it mirrored the stages of grief, with people moving through denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance.

Despite these challenges, Boatwright emphasized that HSHS took steps to collaborate with other healthcare providers and elected officials to ensure a smooth transition for patients. He expressed a sense of responsibility and dedication to ensuring a positive outcome for all involved. Boatwright highlighted his commitment to upholding HSHS’s values and doing what is right for the community even though it may not have been immediately welcomed by some members of the community.

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