March 8, Hospital Closures

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Exterior of St. Joseph's Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls will be closed by April 21 due to “prolonged financial and operational stress”, according to the health care system. Photo courtesy of HSHS

An announcement earlier this year that hospitals in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls will close, and that a physician network in western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley will permanently shut down, shocked many in the region and left residents wondering what’s next for local health care in their communities.

Shereen Siewert welcomes Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Health Care Administration program, Dr. Thomas Kemp, department chair of the UW Eau Claire Department of Economics and Wisconsin Senator Jesse James for a look at those closures and what they will mean for the people and communities of western Wisconsin.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Ezra Wall Executive Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Jesse James Guest
  • Thomas Kemp Guest
  • Jennifer Johs-Artisensi Guest