Partnership offers expanded health options in region

Minneapolis, Minn. and River Falls, Wisc.Fairview Health Services and Vibrant Health Family Clinics announced today that the River Falls-based primary care group’s three clinics in River Falls, Ellsworth, and Spring Valley, Wisc. will join the growing health system as of August 1, 2019.

“This is an exciting step forward for our system as we extend the reach of our high-quality care to the people of Western Wisconsin,” said Eric Nelson, President, Primary Care Service Line for Fairview. “Our organizations share the same core values and commitment to exceptional care that puts the customer first in everything we do.”

“For Vibrant, becoming part of a growing health system offers many opportunities,” said Keri Lijewski, MD, President of Vibrant Health. “This new relationship will provide access to advanced specialty care and the potential to develop new clinical programs to better serve our communities in the future.”

This development will expand Fairview’s existing presence in River Falls through HealthEast cardiology services; HealthEast joined the Fairview system in 2017. Fairview also currently provides durable medical equipment at the HealthEast clinic in River Falls.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that come with being part of a comprehensive health system that has a strong track record of working with independent providers,” said Dr. Lijewski. “In the meantime, Vibrant Health patients can continue to rely on the same great care they receive today.”

About Fairview Health Services

Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives. Joined by HealthEast in 2017, Fairview provides exceptional care to patients and communities as one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in Minnesota. Fairview has enjoyed a long partnership with the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Physicians, which is represented in the University of Minnesota Health brand. Together, we offer access to breakthrough medical research and specialty expertise as part of a continuum of care that reaches all ages and health needs. In 2018, we extended our partnership, with work underway to build an academic health system focused on patient-centered care, innovation, and clinical excellence.

About Vibrant Health Family Clinics

Vibrant Health Family Clinics (VibrantHealthClinics.com) are a primary care group based in Western Wisconsin. They were named a Hypertension Champion by the Center for Disease Control (CDC’s) Million Hearts initiative; and have been recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), as a level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.  Vibrant Health medical staff includes Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Certified Diabetes Educator.

Picture in photo from left to right: (front row) Eric Nelson, President, Primary Care Service Line for Fairview Health Services; Keri Lijewski, President of Vibrant Health Family Clinics; (second row) Jon Pedersen, Administrator at Vibrant Health; Dr. Amber Morgan, Dr. Greg Miller, Dr. Ben Morgan, Katie Holley, System Business Development and Planning Consultant at Fairview; Dr. Chris Tashjian; (back row) Dr. Jeff Larsen; Dr. Tim Steinmetz; Dr. David Wilhelm, Steve Endrud, VP Primary Care and Ambulatory Operations at Fairview; and Dr. Greg Goblirsch.