War has been declared and the soldiers weren't invited. In the June 10 issue (p. 23), MODERN HEALTHCARE *published an article headlined "New company to battle Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic."
To set the record straight, Howard Young Health Care is not hostile to Marshfield Clinic or any of its physicians. In fact, we live next door to one of the clinic's branch offices and pride ourselves on working in a spirit of collaboration and unity. Marshfield Clinic's corporate offices and the larger clinic are 120 miles (not 80) south from our headquarters in Woodruff, Wis. And Howard Young Medical Center is a 99-bed (not 65-bed) acute-care hospital.
As stated in the article, one of United Wisconsin's strategies is developing partnerships in rural markets. It's also one of our main strategic goals. We are aligning ourselves with insurance carriers in order to better serve our rural population. Through this joint venture, we will not only be able to provide more choices to our patients, but also combine competitive prices and high quality of care with-for the first time-local influence. We no longer will rely solely on distant insurance companies and their financial decisions regarding the healthcare needs of our patients.
In this era of mergers and acquisitions, the spirit of collaboration is strong in northern Wisconsin. Howard Young Health Care has extended an open invitation to all area healthcare providers, including Marshfield Clinic, to share in this venture, not go to battle over it.
DOUGLAS O. ROSENBERG
President, chief executive officer
Howard Young Health Care, Woodruff, Wis.