MONROE

Monroe Clinic and its network of health clinics are now part of the SSM Health system.

St. Louis-based SSM Health, which runs SSM Health-St. Mary’s Hospitals in Janesville and Madison, announced the acquisition Thursday.

The acquisition came under a transfer of sponsorship of two separate operations of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, including the 58-bed Monroe Clinic and its 12 clinic locations, along with Agnesian Health Care in Fond du Lac.

Under the change in ownership, the Catholic health care and hospital groups will be fused under the SSM Health brand, although Monroe Clinic and Agnesian will keep their names, according to an SSM news release.

The move expands SSM’s foothold in southern and central Wisconsin.

In a statement, SSM President and CEO Laura Kaiser called the acquisition a “partnership.” She said it was a “natural fit” that would “further improve access and enhance quality of care in Wisconsin.”

The changeover is expected to be finalized by the end of 2018, SSM said.

SSM spokesman Jim Korth told The Gazette in an email that patients in the Monroe Clinic network will see “no changes” in the way they now pay for medical services, and they’ll see “no interruption” in their insurance coverage during the changeover.

Monroe Clinic already is a “full participant” in Dean Health Plan’s commercial and administrative service provider networks. Korth said that means Dean Health Plan insurance products already are available and sold to groups and individuals in Monroe Clinic’s “core service” areas.

“As the transition proceeds, Dean Health Plan members in the area are likely to have a simpler, clarified member experience with the same or similar access they have already enjoyed,” Korth wrote.

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