71° F

Meriter to become affiliate of Iowa-based health system

Published On: Oct 10 2013 09:40:04 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 10 2013 07:07:43 PM CDT



Meriter Health System has announced plans to affiliate with Iowa-based UnityPoint Health.

“We are on the edge and on the cusp of being able to provide something much better for our patients, and a better environment for our clinicians, physicians and nurses to work in, where they’re truly making a difference for their patients. And we’re going to lower their cost,” said Bill Leaver, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health.

Meriter President and CEO Jim Woodward and Board of Directors Chair Ginny Graves called the affiliation fantastic news for Meriter’s patients, insurance members and employees.

“We have a very strong patient centered model of care here at Meriter. It’s growing, it’s changing, it’s developing, but we’re very proud of what we have and we wanted an organization that hopefully was even a little ahead of us that we could learn from. But certainly an organization that valued the same care delivery process that we’ve enjoyed here at Meriter,” said Woodward.

Meriter will remain independent, according to the release. The affiliation will give Meriter additional resources. Meriter and Physicians Plus will still be run by a community board.

The affiliation is subject to regulatory approval, which is expected later this year.

  • Get your weather app and WISC-TV3 deliver local forecasts, live radar, school closings and alerts for Madison and South Central Wisconsin to iOS or Android devices.

  • Learn more about WISC-TV

    Meet the News 3 staff, learn about our newscasts, search our job postings and find out how to contact us.

  • Jake & Duke DeForest

    Jake & Duke DeForest

    Your pet photos

    Email us a picture of you and your pet and we'll use it in out Pet Walk segment which airs every weekday morning at 6:40. Include your name, your pet's name and where you're from. Email to