The on-again, off-again relationship between the only two acute-care hospitals in Kenosha, Wis., is on again.
Last week, 116-bed Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center and 148-bed St. Catherine's Hospital announced an integration agreement that creates a new holding company to oversee the operations of the two hospitals. The agreement was effective Sept. 9.
The deal comes after plans for a mergerlike partnership between the two hospitals collapsed last year following three years of negotiations (July 7, 1997, p. 22).
After that deal's demise, St. Catherine's, which had been sponsored by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, was sold to Wheaton (Ill.) Franciscan Services, another Roman Catholic healthcare system.
This latest deal between Kenosha Hospital and St. Catherine's is not an asset merger, said Tami Rakow, a spokeswoman for Kenosha Hospital.
Rakow said each hospital will retain its current identity and respective board of directors. The new holding company will be called the United Hospital System and have a four-member board of directors, she said.