Ministry Health Care is now the sole sponsor of Affinity Health System. The Menasha-based health system had been sponsored through a partnership between Ministry and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare since 1996.
Affinity is a network of three hospitals, 26 clinics, a medical group that includes nearly 300 providers, and 4,000 employees who serve the health care needs of the greater Fox Valley area. In addition, Affinity’s Network Health Plan also provides health insurance benefits to more than 133,000 members in communities located throughout northeastern Wisconsin in 17 counties. Ministry’s sponsor, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, founded Affinity’s Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh in 1891. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s sponsor, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, founded Affinity’s St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton in 1899.
Area residents shouldn’t notice a difference with the change, says Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO of Affinity Health System.
“Our patients and members should expect a continuation of personalized care from our physicians and care teams in the same close-to-home clinics and hospitals they currently visit,” he says.