Southwest Health Center in Platteville
has purchased one of the city’s main
health care clinics. Hospital officials
say they’ve agreed to buy the Dean Clinic
in Platteville, effective July 1st.
The doctors and advanced practice
providers at Dean Clinic-Platteville will
all be offered contracts to become
Southwest Health Center employees.
In addition, all patients currently using
Dean Clinic-Platteville will be able to
continue seeing their providers of
choice, after the transition.
Davis Duehr Dean-Platteville, Dean
Speciality Services, and Cardin’s Pharmacy
will remain unchanged and will continue
all operations as usual.
The acquisition by Southwest Health
Center is a growing trend in the health
care industry. Last year, the Grant
Regional Health Center purchased
the Dean Clinic in Lancaster.
According to the American Hospital
Association, the number of doctors
directly employed by hospitals increased
45% from 2000 to 2010. In addition,
about half of all physicians in the U-S
are now employed by hospitals.