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About Dean Health System

In Wisconsin, health care could be spelled D-E-A-N. As one of the largest integrated health care delivery systems in the country, Dean Health Systems provides a full range of medical care services to patients throughout southern Wisconsin. Dean Health Systems owns and operates a network of dozens of clinics that provide specialty and primary care. As – more... part of its affiliation with Midwest hospital operator SSM Health Care, the firm also operates a number of clinics it co-owns with SSM's St. Mary's Hospital. Additionally, Dean Health Systems offers health insurance services through Dean Health Plan and clinical and research education through Dean Foundation.


Most of Dean Health System's clinics operate under the Dean Clinic moniker, while others are known as Dean/St. Mary's Regional Clinics. The providers' services encompass a full spectrum of health care disciplines including cancer and cardiology care, mental health services, physicial therapy, aesthetic surgery, and OB-GYN services. Some of the clinics contain Dean Pharmacy locations. The health system also makes sure its patients' eyes are healthy through its Davis Duehr Dean division. The division administers ophthalmology and optometry care at full-service optical stores owned by Dean.

Dean Health System and SSM Health Care (which owns the 5% of Dean Health Systems not controlled by its physicians) together own Dean Health Plan, an area HMO serving hundreds of thousands of members in southern Wisconsin. The plan maintains a provider network encompassing more than two dozen hospitals and some 2,000 health care practitioners. Dean Health Plan also owns pharmacy benefits manager Navitus Health Solutions. The company is growing Navitus through partnerships with other health systems and government-owned plans and is expanding its services into other states.

The Dean Foundation conducts clinical research programs and drug trials for medical studies and pharmaceutical development efforts. It also conducts general medical care and population-based studies, and it provides educational and charitable services to the community.


Dean Health Systems has widened its network of clinics over the years by opening new centers. For instance. in 2011 the health network added an orthopedic center in Madison. In addition, with SSM Health, the company has expanded its Dean/St. Mary's network through collaborative construction efforts. For example, Dean Health Systems and SSM Health completed a similar $150 million hospital and physician office complex in Janesville, Wisconsin, that opened in early 2012. The 50-bed St. Mary's Janesville Hospital is owned and operated by SSM Health, while the adjoining outpatient Dean Clinic is run by Dean Health Systems.

In addition, Dean Health Systems built a clinic on the campus of SSM Health's brand new Edgerton Hospital in Edgerton, Wisconsin. The hospital opened in 2011, and the adjoining clinic with some 15 exam rooms opened in 2012. The $2 million clinic is connected to the hospital via a corridor to help the hospital divert non-emergent patient overflow to the clinic.

In 2012 Dean Health Plan entered into an agreement with Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Prevea Health and St. Vincent Hospital to offer health insurance products through an integrated, managed care provider network in northeastern Wisconsin. The products feature a proprietary network of hospitals, physicians, and ancillary providers that is based on Prevea's multi-specialty physician group and partner hospitals.


Dean Health Systems is 95%-owned by physician shareholders.

Company Background

Dean Health Systems was first formed in Madison in 1904 as Dean Clinic by Dr. Joseph Dean. – less

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