Gov. Evers, Members of Evers Administration Meet with Eau Claire Leaders to Support Regional Healthcare Workforce Following HSHS and Prevea Closures
6 Feb 2024
Gov. Tony Evers today, together with Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Amy Pechacek, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Deputy Secretary Deb Standridge, Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) Commissioner Nathan Houdek, and other agency officials and staff, joined local leaders in Eau Claire to provide updates on the Evers Administration’s rapid response and other efforts to support local workers and community members affected by the recent announcement of HSHS and Prevea Health’s decision to close several locations across Western Wisconsin. According to DWD, these closures are estimated to impact approximately 1,400 workers, among others, in the surrounding region. A photo of the meeting is available here.
“The recent announcement of closures across the HSHS and Prevea health systems has been a shock to the community and folks all across this region, disrupting the lives of about 1,400 workers and their families as well as many others concerned about continued access to healthcare in the local and regional areas,” said Gov. Evers. “My administration and I have gotten to work quickly facilitating conversations with Chippewa Valley leaders, and we are in frequent communication with healthcare providers in the region to deliver assistance on multiple fronts.