Transforming the organization delivery, and financing of the medical care systems in the Fox Valley to achieve lower costs, higher quality, and better outcomes.

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The opinions expressed in this blog are primarily those of Merton D. Finkler Ph.D., retired Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Lawrence University and William McLaughlin retired Founder President and CEO of Those opinions are based upon many years of education, scholarship, teaching and industry experience. Read their biographies at "Meet the Team" and make your own judgments about the veracity of their opinions.


To Improve The Health of the Community

Nonprofit health care organizations, such as ThedaCare and Ascension, exist to serve their local communities. Their nonprofit status gives them both benefits and responsibilities. The benefits include exemption from local and state taxes, a polite way of saying that our taxes go up so that they pay nothing. Their responsibilities, as stated by Dr. Imran Andrabi (president and CEO of ThedaCare) in his Feb. 25 column, include using ThedaCare’s resources “to improve the health of the communities” they serve. Improving the community’s health means more, however, than adding the latest medical equipment. It should be broadly interpreted to include making health care affordable for everyone in the


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