On the heels of our recent Joint Operating Agreement announcement, we would like to provide you with an update regarding next steps in our planning. Because we anticipate a lot of information coming to you over the following months, we are attempting to simplify it into three categories focused on: 1) The Most Important Thing to Know 2) The Most Important Thing to Share 3) The Most Important Thing to Do. A recap is also included at the bottom of the article. We hope that you find this new format helpful.
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The Most Important Thing to Know
Gastroenterology (GI) is one of the first clinical programs that our organizations are discussing collectively. GI is challenging in that there is a great patient need but recruitment of providers is difficult both locally and nationally. A GI work group is developing recommendations and action plans for unified GI services across the full enterprise (UW Health and UnityPoint Health – Meriter facilities and staff), including short- and long-term plans for inpatient call coverage, procedures and clinic services.
The Most Important Thing to Share
Both organizations are committed to the GI clinical program and finding a balance that is best for our patients, providers and staff, while making best use of our facilities. Despite recent rumors, UW Health GI Physicians continue to provide inpatient coverage at Meriter and continue to perform procedures in the Meriter Digestive Health Center. Patients are still able to schedule appointments at UW Health and Meriter’s Digestive Health locations.
The Most Important Thing to Do
We encourage you to stay engaged throughout this process. It’s important that all providers and team members have accurate information, so if you hear a rumor, seek clarification. We will be posting updates from all workgroups to a special UW Health/UnityPoint Health - Meriter JOA page where you can submit questions.
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