Stronger Together: Serving our Children and Adolescents

Overview

Bellin Health, Children's Wisconsin and ThedaCare have formed a new pediatric joint venture with a shared focus on improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents in Northeast and Central Wisconsin as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Together, we will make a meaningful impact on the lives of children, adolescents, their families and the region's communities through focused coordination, closer alignment and resource investments. Each partner organization will play an essential role, with direct benefits to patients that include:

  • Bringing additional pediatric services and specialists to the region to expand access to local, close-to-home care.
  • Reducing the need for children and their families to travel outside the region when a higher level of care is needed. 
  • Consistent, best-practice standards of care across each organization's care settings in the region.
  • Tailored child and adolescent services that meet community-specific needs with the right resources, expertise, skilled providers and clinical staff, technology and more.
  • Better and more efficient care through seamless care coordination and tighter alignment across the three systems.

This is exciting news for our Bellin Health primary and specialty care providers and staff, who will be able to more directly coordinate with colleagues at both Children's Wisconsin and ThedaCare.

Together, we will work to expand resources, support, and pediatric specialty care for children and adolescents in ways that will allow us to reach and care for more patients across the Fox Valley, Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For Patients and Community

There is a lot of work ahead to realize the promise of this important partnership. As we move forward, it is essential to know that children and their families will continue to see the same physicians and providers they know and trust, and all current insurance plans will continue to be accepted.

Family Medicine Providers and Pediatricians are the vital home base for the children and adolescents we serve. This partnership will continue to support those relationships while adding collaboration among the partner organizations and more access to specialty care services over time.

FAQ

1) What exactly is being announced?
Bellin Health, Children's Wisconsin and ThedaCare are announcing a new pediatric joint venture with a shared focus on improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents in Northeast and Central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The organizations, which will remain independent entities and continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of pediatric services at their clinics and facilities, will work closely together to enhance pediatric primary and specialty care to benefit children and adolescents in this growing region.

Through focused coordination, closer alignment and resource investments, the joint venture will make a meaningful impact on the lives of children, adolescents, their families and the region's communities.

2) What benefits will this partnership bring?
Each partner organization will play an essential role, with direct benefits to patients that include:

  • Bringing additional pediatric services and specialists to the region to expand access to local, close-to-home care.
  • Reducing the need for children and their families to travel outside the region when a higher level of care is needed. 
  • Consistent, best-practice standards of care across each organization's care settings in the region.
  • Tailored child and adolescent services that meet community-specific needs with the right resources, expertise, skilled providers and clinical staff, technology and more.
  • Better and more efficient care through seamless care coordination and tighter alignment across the three systems.

3) Why is this happening? Why now?
As leading healthcare organizations in the region, we realize that today, more than ever, having access to high-quality care closer to home is essential. Many patients and their families have to travel outside the region to receive higher specialized care, which takes significant time away from what matters the most. We knew we needed to find a better solution to support our communities.

Through this strategic partnership, we will bring additional pediatric services and specialists to the region to expand access to local, close-to-home care and consistent, best-practice standards of care across each organization's care settings.

Beyond the commitments we are making to work more closely together to advance pediatric primary and specialty care in the region, our organizations believe in the need to move beyond caring for people when they are sick to serving as lifelong partners who prevent illness and promote health and well-being.

4) Will Bellin Health continue to accept the same insurance plans it accepts today?
Yes. All current insurance plans will continue to be accepted.

5) Will my child continue to see the doctors they have seen up until now? / Will my child's current doctor be at a different location?
It is essential to know that children and their families will continue to see the same physicians and providers they know and trust at the locations in their communities.