Affinity Health System and Neuroscience Group launch new partnership
Groups collaborate to provide best care to the community
05 / 02 / 2013
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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Menasha, Wis. – Affinity Health System and Neuroscience Group announce a new partnership that will strengthen neurological care provided to the community. The collaboration will ensure comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care is provided to patients at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and Affinity Medical Group clinics.
“We are thrilled to continue our long standing relationship with the Neuroscience Group, and to strengthen our collaboration across the Fox River Valley,” said Bill Calhoun, FACHE, eastern region vice president of Ministry Health Care and president of Mercy Medical Center.
Neuroscience Group neurosurgeons will be the preferred providers of brain and spine surgical care at St Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center along with Dr. Kamal Paul, an independent neurosurgeon who practices at Mercy Medical Center.
“This is really the evolution of a relationship between Affinity and Neuroscience Group that has existed for more than 20 years. Our surgeons have been covering the St. Elizabeth Hospital emergency room, and we have been operating at that facility since well before my arrival to the Fox Cities in 1995. We look forward to a higher level of collaboration with the Affinity primary care providers and specialists in the years to come,” said Philip Yazbak, neurosurgeon with Neuroscience Group.
The community will benefit from this collaboration through a strengthening of each hospital’s certified stroke centers, the ensurance that a neurologist will be on call at all times to treat patients with a neurological diagnosis and the improved programming that will result from both organizations’ combined expertise.
“Caring for patients with a neurological diagnosis requires an immense amount of coordination among a variety of disciplines including surgical care, anesthesia, outpatient rehabilitation, hospitalist programs and primary care. Affinity Health System is now able to offer comprehensive care to patients with strokes, seizure disorders, movement disorders and spine and back problems,” said Calhoun.
About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care, which includes the recently acquired Affinity Health System, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry operations generate more than $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and nearly 12,000 employees. More than 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians provide personalized care at Ministry primary and specialty care clinic locations. Home healthcare, hospice and long-term care services are also provided across the region.
Ministry was founded by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother more than 120 years ago to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor. Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.