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Marshfield Clinic, Essentia Health Explore Fusion

Minnesota-based Essentia Health and Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic Health System plan to form an integrated regional health system in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and North Dakota.

Marshfield describes itself as one of the largest private multispecialty group practices in the United States, with physicians in more than 170 specialties and subspecialties at more than 50 Wisconsin locations.

With complementary geographies and capabilities, the two health systems signed a memorandum of understanding to assess how they might merge. A combined organization would comprise a network of 3,800 providers serving more than 2 million people in rural and mid-urban communities through more than 150 care sites, including 25 hospitals.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations is the first step towards a possible merger.

“I have known and admired the work of the Marshfield Clinic for over 30 years,” Essentia CEO David Herman, MD, said in a statement. “I have always appreciated their ability to advance the well-being of the communities they serve. I am truly delighted to work together for the benefit of our patients and our colleagues. Through a new partnership, we can support models of care, services, research and technologies to ensure sustainable and thriving rural health care,” he says.

In a statement, Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Susan Turney, MD, said when she looks at Essentia, based in Duluth, Minn., she sees “an organization with world-class expertise that complements the And I see their long and storied history of serving communities with a mission very similar to ours at Marshfield Clinic Health System.