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Aspirus formally welcomes former Ascension hospitals into its system

Aspirus Welcome Event
Erin Gottsacker
Aspirus and Eagle River Hospital leaders recognize the completed transition of the Eagle River Hospital into the Aspirus system by planting a tree.

Former Ascension hospitals across Northern Wisconsin have officially transitioned to Aspirus ownership.

The Eagle River Hospital is one of seven hospitals across the region to make that transition.

Aspirus leaders formally welcomed hospital staff and community members to the system yesterday.

“We’re excited to welcome Eagle River hospital as well as all of the other formerly Ascension facilities into Aspirus because it expands our family and it expands our ability to care for patients across the Northwoods,” Jesse Tischer, the president of regional markets for Aspirus Health, says.

Other hospitals transitioning to Aspirus include St. Mary’s hospital in Rhinelander, Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill.

The transition means staff at these hospitals will be able to work with each other across Aspirus facilities.

“There’s the ability to share staff across sites in a better way to understand where there’s space and capacity,” Tischer says.

Although the transition includes the switch to a new computer system, Tischer says it ultimately means very little will change for patients.

Hospital staff will remain the same, and payors can find information about insurance on the Aspirus website.

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