07.25.2018 Back to News

It's Official, Fremont Health Joins Methodist Health System

It was 18 months in the making and on Tuesday it became official, Fremont Health joined Methodist Health System when the affiliation agreement between the two health care organizations was signed.

From left: Larry Shepard, Dr. Monty Sellon and Steve Goeser

With leadership and staff from both organizations on hand, Larry Shepard, chairman of the Fremont Health Clinic; Dr. Monty Sellon, chairman of the Fremont Health Board of Trustees; and Steve Goeser, president and CEO of Methodist Health System, signed the historic agreement at the Fremont Health Medical Center.

The affiliation agreement creates a new organization, Methodist Fremont Health, which will be part of the Methodist Health System health care family. Methodist Health System will lease the hospital and nursing home facility from Fremont Community Health Resources, formerly Fremont Health. The span of the lease is for 50 years, with the option to purchase after 20 years. 

"During this process, especially these last 6 months or so, we met dozens of people from Methodist Health System – board members, physicians, leaders, employees – and it became clear to us that we were not simply joining a larger organization, we were joining a family, a family that works together as a team," said Patrick Booth, president and CEO of Fremont Health.  "We are confident that our two organizations share similar values and cultures, and that we will all benefit from our partnership."

Fremont Health has had a long history of providing outstanding care to Fremont and Dodge County and their growth and expansion through the years is a tribute to their success.

Methodist has worked with Fremont Health over the years, including providing cardiology care for about two decades.

"Since the 1890s, Methodist Health System and Fremont Health have collectively been caring for the communities we call home," said Steve Goeser, president and CEO of Methodist Health System. "This affiliation will make both parties stronger and better able to face the challenges ahead in providing quality health care."

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