Gund Luth/St. Joseph's Agreement Finalized
The new combined entity will be known as St. Joseph’s Health Services – Gundersen Lutheran. In November 2010, St. Joseph’s entered into a management agreement with Gundersen Lutheran.
In the coming months, the Gundersen Lutheran – Hillsboro Clinic and St. Joseph’s Hillsboro Clinic will consolidate in one location at the St. Joseph’s Hospital. Planning is underway to physically merge Gundersen Lutheran and St. Joseph’s in Wonewoc in the future. During and after the transition, St. Joseph’s will continue to accept insurances they currently accept. After the transition, all patients’ billing statements will come from the consolidated clinic operation, St. Joseph’s Health Services - Gundersen Lutheran. There are no plans to reduce overall employment as a result of the affiliation.
Superintendent Hopeful Of Budget Repair Bill
Later today the Onalaska School District, like many districts around the state, will find out how much of hit they could take after Governor Scott Walker releases details on his budget repair bill.
Sparta Police are searching for two armed men that broke into a home yesterday afternoon.
A 22 year old Sparta woman told police that two white men wearing ski masks and armed with semi automatic handguns entered her home in the 100 block of North Water st. and searched for something they thought was in the home.
After the pair fled on foot with the loot they were after, they were seen getting into a maroon 4 door sedan.
Police are looking for a 6'2" slim guy and a 5'9" heavy set guy.
Vet Manager Back In Court
An office manager at a Sparta Veterinary Clinic, who is accused of ordering and stealing almost six thousand hydrocodone pills and using company money to pay for them, was in a Monroe County courtroom today.
36 year old Katherine Watters, of rural Sparta, is charged in Monroe County Circuit Court with 11 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and five counts of forgery.
She is accused of ordering the pills with $4500 of vet clinic monies, then taking them home to support a habit. She also gave some to her boyfriend who then sold them.
Watters plead not guilty and will be back in court in March.
Monroe County Fund Shot Down
A possible one million dollar fund that would have taken excess Monroe County department funds and put them towards construction of a justice center, will not see the light of day. Last week, the resolution fell short of the two-thirds requirement when supervisors voted 12-10 in favor of it.
The account would have set aside $1 million of unused 2010 funds for future construction of a Justice Center. Supervisors voted to eliminate $348 thousand that would have been taken out of the solid waste fund. Also cut was monies from the original $119 thousand of the unused 2010 balance of the Board of Prisoners.
Board chairman Rick Irwin says a similar resolution may be brought before the board in the future.