(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Hospital announced Tuesday they have taken initial steps toward an affiliation with the Marshfield Clinic Health System. The two organizations singed a letter of intent that began a due diligence period to finalize terms of the partnership by the end of 2018. Beaver Dam Community Hospital CEO Kim Miller says access to high quality health care close to where our patients live and work is a top priority and that the affiliation will enable the hospital to build on their strengths and increase access to state-of-the-art services. Marshfield Clinic CEO Dr. Susan Turney says this is an opportunity for two well-respected organizations to come together and create a regional destination for high-quality health care in Dodge County. The two organizations have not yet released the specific terms of the affiliation.