January 13, 2016

Green Bay Oncology to provide Full-service Cancer Care at Affinity Health System Locations in Appleton, Oshkosh and Chilton


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(APPLETON, Wis.) — Ministry Health Care (MHC), which includes Affinity Health System (AHS), and is a healthcare ministry of Ascension, has a longstanding commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate, personalized cancer care at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and Calumet Medical Center for the residents of the Fox Valley and surrounding communities. We are proud to announce a new partnership with Green Bay Oncology (GBO) to provide cancer care services at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center beginning on February 1, and at Calumet Medical Center in mid-March.

Green Bay Oncology is Northeast Wisconsin’s largest group of certified hematologists and medical oncologists, with nine medical oncology physicians, a team of nurse practitioners, and a support staff of over 125 people. The mission of GBO is to provide the best oncology care in the Midwest and more information about GBO can be found at www.gboncology.com.

"Affinity Health System is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate, personalized cancer care in the Fox Valley and we’re excited the respected team of clinicians from Green Bay Oncology will be partnering with us in this effort," stated Monica Hilt, Regional Vice President for Ministry Health Care’s Eastern Region.

The National Cancer Institute has designated GBO as the region’s longest participant in its renowned Clinical Oncology Research Program. The program includes clinical trials to evaluate new cancer treatment options, and identifies new ways to detect, diagnose and treat cancer. Through this program, GBO patients have access to groundbreaking new treatments, often years before anyone else. Green Bay Oncology is one of only two program participants in Wisconsin.

"Green Bay Oncology is excited about the new partnership with Affinity Health System," said Dr. David Groteluschen, President, Green Bay Oncology. "Affinity Health System has provided high-quality medical care to patients in the Fox Cities and Chilton for many years. Green Bay Oncology looks forward to continuing this tradition with innovative value-based oncology care."

To support the oncology partnership with GBO, a new Cancer Center is being constructed at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. The 12,000 square foot facility will offer the latest in cancer equipment and technology to support the GBO team and provide the highest levels of care to patients across the region. The project, which is expected to be completed by February 1, 2016, was supported by community members, donors, associates and clinicians.


About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care (ministryhealth.org) (which includes Affinity Health System) is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and 10,000 associates, including 700 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In 2013, Ministry Health Care joined Ascension, the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. In that same year, Ministry became part of Integrated Health Network (IHN), which represents more than 5,000 physicians, 500 clinics and 42 hospitals in northern, central and eastern Wisconsin. IHN was created to improve the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare services in the markets served by its members.

Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics, and five Ministry hospitals are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Medicare’s Hospital Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Network Health, co-owned by Ministry Health Care and Froedtert Health, has received 4½-star recognition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Medicare Advantage plans.

About Ascension Wisconsin
Ascension Wisconsin includes Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee and Ministry Health Care in Appleton (which includes Affinity Health System), with 19 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care across the state. Together, the health systems employ more than 14,000 associates. In fiscal year 2015, Ascension Wisconsin provided $145 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.

About Ascension
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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