Froedtert Health and ThedaCare announce intent to merge

On Tuesday, Milwaukee, WI-based Froedtert Health and Neenah, WI-based ThedaCare shared they have signed a letter of intent to form a $5B, 18-hospital system. 

The merger would unite Froedtert’s southeast Wisconsin service area with ThedaCare’s northeast and central Wisconsin footprint, linking tertiary care patients in ThedaCare’s high-growth service areas in the Fox Valley to Froedtert’s Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. As the systems serve non-overlapping markets, the merger is not expected to receive challenge from federal regulators. 

The Gist: These two systems have partnered previously, striking a joint venture last fall to build two health campuses with micro-hospitals, which likely served as the operational test case for merger plans already in the works. 

The pace of consolidation has quickened in the Badger State, with Gundersen Health System and Bellin Health completing a merger last fall to form an 11-hospital system. 

While interstate mega-mergers have defined recent health system M&A trends, these types of regional mergers, which bring together systems in adjacent but non-overlapping markets, could serve to bolster the combined system’s value proposition as a partner to employers and other healthcare entities in the state and beyond. 

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