Two systems, one vision
Gundersen Health System and Bellin Health Systems deliver superior primary and specialized care in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Upper Michigan. In 2022, they united to deliver world-class medical care that strengthens patient and community health. Separately, Gundersen and Bellin Health have cared for their communities for more than a century. Our path forward together means we’ll be here for another 100 years and beyond.
Part of coming together includes keeping the special events that build our communities. That means you can continue to look forward to:
- Steppin’ Out in Pink
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Radiothon
- Bellin Run
- Bellin Women’s Half Marathon and 5K
- Bellin Health partnership with the Green Bay Packers
- And more
When the organizations unite, Gundersen Medical Foundation and Bellin Health Foundation will continue to invest in their service areas. The Foundations’ operations, fundraising efforts and governance will be independent.
How will the merger impact my healthcare?
When we merged, we grew. You’ll still visit the doctors you know and trust. You’ll also have access to more resources and a broader network of top-tier clinical services, shared provider expertise, innovative medical education programs that produce more doctors, nurses and technicians, state-of-the-art technology and digital healthcare tools that bring care options into your home.
Are both organizations not-for-profit? Do they focus on population health?
As not-for-profit health systems, Gundersen and Bellin Health champion work in health equity, access to preventive health services and behavioral health or mental well-being support services. Together, we’ll continue to lead advancements in population health—an approach that cares for everyone’s physical health, mental and financial well-being, life at home and more. We are committed to seeing our communities flourish, beyond what we do for patients within our walls.
What does a merger mean for our communities?
Gundersen and Bellin Health invest in our communities. We’re equally proud of that. Together, we'll continue our shared mission to bring health equity, access to preventive health services and needed behavioral health and mental well-being support services to our communities. As not-for-profits, Gundersen and Bellin Health invest more than $210 million each year in the communities they serve. The investment supports organizations and events committed to building community health and well-being, advancing health equity and supporting local economic growth.
What do Gundersen and Bellin have in common?
We both put people first. The people and communities we serve are at the core of our care and service, and our systems’ missions, visions and values complement each other. We each have our own unique clinical and operational strengths, but fundamental to both is quality, experience and affordability in care.
Will the merger lower my healthcare costs?
Both organizations work to reduce the cost of care and accelerate the pathway to better health outcomes. Together, we'll pursue growth opportunities, participate in lower-cost, value-based care contracts and share resources. Our partnership will bring new opportunities to expand important community-minded work. As not-for-profit healthcare systems, we reinvest profits in patient care and our communities. They’re used to maintain or lower health insurance premiums and improve care outcomes.
What does a merger mean for the employment landscape?
Gundersen and Bellin Health are top employers, but we’re in a tight and dynamic labor market. A partnership can help us recruit and retain more top-tier clinicians and employees. Now more than ever, talented people who feel valued and supported are essential to help us continue our mission of care. Combining the strength of Gundersen’s Medical Education program with the nursing and medical imaging training of Bellin Health through Bellin College, we aim to produce more nurses, radiologists and technicians. We will address clinician needs and nursing shortages together.
Are there any changes for my health insurance?
Not immediately. Moving forward, Gundersen and Bellin Health will evaluate health plan strategies to deliver the best care at the lowest cost.