Essentia Health, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems end integration talks

(Duluth, Minn.) — Two regional healthcare systems have announced they will not be moving forward with their proposed integration.

Essentia Health and Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic Health Systems had been in discussions for more than two years about a potential partnership between the two health systems.

“As we’ve explored this opportunity, I appreciate the relationships we’ve built with the skilled Marshfield Clinic providers, staff and leaders who share our dedication to excellent care," says Essentia Health CEO Dr. David Herman. “Moving ahead, Essentia continues to focus on building innovative partnerships and transforming care for our communities. As a strong, growing organization, we are guided by our mission to make a healthy difference for those we are privileged to serve.”

Essentia Health officials said the decision was primarily based on Marshfield’s financial situation.

“Financial stability is a critical component of Essentia being able to fulfill our mission for our patients and communities,” an Essentia Health official said. “We appreciate the incredible contributions of our colleagues, whose hard work ensures we are a growing organization that provides excellent, accessible care to our communities.”