ProHealth Care is partnering with three of the Midwest’s leading health systems to operate its heart surgery and cancer programs in Waukesha County.
Last year ProHealth announced a three-year agreement with Indiana University Health to run its cardiothoracic surgery program at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The agreement is the first instance of a Milwaukee area health system partnering with an out-of-state health system to run one of its programs. Under the terms of the agreement, three Indiana University Health surgeons will staff the program and ProHealth will draw on Indiana University Health’s expertise to improve quality and add new services. One such service is transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which is already performed in Wisconsin by physicians affiliated with Aurora, UW Health, and SSM Health Care.
ProHealth announced two more partnerships just last week, this time with Aurora Health Care and UW Health. ProHealth signed a co-management agreement with UW Health for its new cancer center on Pewaukee Road in Waukesha, near Mueller QAAS’ offices in the MRA building. Under the agreement, eight ProHealth oncologists will work under two UW Health employees, who will serve as the center’s administrative and medical directors. The agreement will improve ProHealth providers’ ability to coordinate with UW Health and draw on the expertise of UW’s Carbone Cancer Center, Wisconsin’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. It may also make it easier for some ProHealth cancer patients to receive care locally, if UW Health specialists can come to Pewaukee rather than have the patient travel to Madison.
Secondly, ProHealth new partnership with Aurora will allow a number of Aurora’s Waukesha-based cancer specialists to practice at ProHealth’s Pewaukee cancer center when it opens in August 2015. The Aurora specialists will also work under the UW Health administrators who will run the cancer program in Pewaukee. The Waukesha area will likely see more partnerships like this in the future, as UW Health is exploring additional opportunities in southeastern Wisconsin, particularly with other members of the new AboutHealth network, which includes Aurora and ProHealth.