Aspirus Health Signs Agreement to Acquire Ascension Care Sites in North/Central Wisconsin

Joint Media Release by Aspirus Health and Ascension Wisconsin

WAUSAU, Wisconsin – Aspirus Health and Ascension have signed an agreement to transfer
from Ascension to Aspirus ownership of seven hospitals, 21 physician clinics, and air and
ground medical transport services located in north and central Wisconsin.

“Aspirus is committed to creating thriving, healthy rural communities,” said Matthew Heywood,
President and CEO of Aspirus Health. “We are looking forward to welcoming these new team
members into the Aspirus family and to expanding access to local primary care and specialty
services to create a more seamless health care experience for thousands of rural Wisconsin

The transition will include Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport, 21 physician clinics,
and the following Wisconsin hospitals:

● Eagle River Hospital in Eagle River
● Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill
● Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff
● Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley
● Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk
● St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander
● St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point

The transition is subject to customary conditions to closing, including regulatory and canonical

“Ascension Wisconsin remains committed to putting our communities first, which means being
responsive to the changing needs of those we serve,” Bernie Sherry, senior vice president of
Ascension and ministry market executive for Ascension Wisconsin, said. “We look forward to
finalizing this transition with Aspirus as a way of honoring that commitment. We are confident
that this transition will enable these facilities and their dedicated caregivers to be in a better
position to serve the communities’ health needs going forward.”