A clinic that is part of the OakLeaf Medical Network has taken legal action against HSHS in an effort to keep Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals open for an extended period of time. The clinic, Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, filed an injunction in Eau Claire County Court on Friday, seeking to keep the hospitals open until at least July 21, which is three months past the original closure date of April 21.
The clinic claims that they have a current contract with HSHS to provide surgical and trauma services to patients at the emergency departments of the two hospitals. The contract reportedly requires a 180-day notice to terminate the relationship, and the clinic alleges that no such notice was issued by HSHS. As a result of the announcement of the hospital closures, Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, along with other physicians in the region, have been forced to cancel previously scheduled surgeries.
This legal action is being taken in an effort to ensure continuity of care for patients and to protect the interests of the clinic and its physicians. The clinic believes that keeping Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals open is crucial for providing essential medical services to those who rely on them. They argue that patients should not be forced to travel long distances or wait for appointments at other facilities due to the closure of these hospitals.