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Ministry Health Care Community Report

$2 Million Ministry and Mission Fund Supports Associate Development

Ministry Health Care received the largest single Ascension grant to support associate training and development.

100-Year Legacy of Care Continues with New Emergency Department

Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point opens new ED to meet community need.

Bishop Banks Blesses Fremont Tower at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks and Sisters of the Sorrowful Mothers bless the Fremont Tower at St. Elizabeth Hospital in September.

Following in the Footsteps

Sisters from four nations travel in the footsteps of Mother Frances Streitel during visit to Wisconsin in August.

Forward Facing

One breast cancer survivor’s journey in learning attitude is everything and healing her battle wounds by helping others.

Got Gumption?

Faced with heart and kidney failure along with the prospect of hospice care, one man turned to family and his health team in order to find his way back home.

Hospitalist Program Earns National Recognition

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital’s program is one of four featured during a panel on healthcare innovation by Catholic Health Association.

Ministry Critical Access Hospitals Named to Becker’s Top-50 List

Two Ministry hospitals receive national recognition for going “above and beyond” to care for their patients.

Ministry Good Samaritan Launches Advanced 3D Mammography

Women in Merrill and Lincoln County have access to the most up-to-date technology for breast cancer screening.

Ministry Saint Clare’s Helps Expand DC Everest Rolling Readers Program

Community program provides over 80 children with free books and food each week during the summer of 2015.

Strands of Courage

Cancer survivor Nancy Wilms dedicates her time to helping fellow patients in Oshkosh.

Students Complete Pastoral Education Program

CPE program blends classroom and hands-on experiences to train new chaplains.

Volunteers Donate $50,000 to the Howard Young Foundation

Partners grants help support heart care, health and wellness in the Northwoods.

Westwood Clinic in Wausau

Ministry Health Care leaders and community members joined together in September to mark start of construction on our newest clinic in Wausau.

Health Fair and Teddy Bears

More than 550 health screens were provided during annual community health and wellness fair in Rhinelander, WI.

Merrill Community Agencies Move to Ministry Good Samaritan Campus

Six community assistance agencies in Merrill have a new home thanks to the support of Ministry Health Care.

Ministry Names New CEO

On December 1, 2014, Daniel Neufelder was appointed as the new president and CEO of Ministry Health Care. He was formerly the senior vice president and chief operating officer for Ministry.

PAL Technology Aids Premature Newborns

Little Riley Dillie probably didn’t realize when she was listening to her favorite lullaby, tucked snugly in her bassinet, she was actually learning the muscle movements needed to suck, and ultimately feed.

St. Elizabeth Hospital’s New Bed Tower: A Sustainable Approach

At Ministry Health Care, our organizational value of wisdom reminds us that we are called to be responsible stewards, as the earth’s resources do not belong to us. The new, five-story bedtower at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton was designed with a sustainable approach and embodies this value.

Supporting Early Child Development

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital is spreading the word about its lactation and breastfeeding program, which is one of the premier ways to support early childhood development.

Worksite Wellness Brings Together Residents and Local Businesses

Ministry Health Care is connecting Stevens Point residents and local businesses with nationallyrecognized and highly sought-after keynote presenters though a worksite wellness summit and free community wellness event held to address the priority health needs in our community through education and training.

Towering Accomplishment

Years of planning came to fruition on January 10 when leaders, associates and volunteers at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton moved patients from the Oneida Tower to the new Fremont Tower.

Athletes Receive Free Sports Physicals

Special Olympics athletes received free sports physicals from Ministry Health Care physicians, nurses, physician assistants and medical students as part of the fourth annual MedFest.

Just My Type

Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. Without it, there is no life. One woman’s decades-long passion for donating blood demonstrates the important function of The Community Blood Center.

New Online Diagnosis Service Launched

Gone are the days when you had to climb into your car and drive to a medical clinic when you felt sick. Ministry Health Care has launched a new, online diagnosis service called HealtheVisits.

Making Ordinary Miracles Happen

The work we do at Saint Michael’s Foundation is a reflection of the good work YOU do in the world. It’s about the people we serve and how, together we are changing lives. We make ordinary miracles happen. Every day.

Streamlining Physician Practices

Ministry Health Care has partnered with Ascension Physician Services and athenahealth, Inc., to implement the athenahealth practice management system within our physician practices.

The Heart of Telehealth

An electronic information technology is giving rural hospitals access to experts and changing the face of medical care.

The Story of Lily and Leif

Three local healthcare organizations, including Affinity Health System, came together to create Catalpa Health – a first-of-its-kind clinic dedicated to pediatric mental health in Appleton. The impact of this partnership and work comes to life in a new children’s book.

Healthy Eating in Door County

Growing your own food means you’re more likely to eat it, especially if it’s healthy vegetables from a local garden.

Quilting With Heart

Tucked behind her sewing machine, Sister Frances Meyer spends her days tailoring quilts and other knit goods with an abundance of love. The 89-year-old is as generous as she is creative and has been donating her quilts to those in need for the last 10 years.

A Profile in Courage: Jordan's story

A boy runs across the playground, sprinting from one activity to the next, beaming with excitement. His mom watches him, straining to keep up with his boundless energy. His name is Jordan, and he survived a horrific car accident.

Foundations Provide Needed Support

The Foundations within Ministry Health Care play a key role in providing much needed support for hospitals above and beyond the general operations budget.

Giving Garden

Mark Mason is a man on a mission. This year, he’ll single-handedly donate more than 5,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to a variety of food pantries.

Strengthening Our Catholic Identity

Strengthening Our Catholic Identity

We have been entrusted with a responsibility that began when the first Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother came to Wisconsin to offer healthcare services over 125 years ago and we will continue to work to ensure that heritage continues into the future.

Backpacks Full of Blessings

Support from Ministry Saint Clare’s expands the Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides weekend nourishment to Wausau and DC Everest school children on the free- and reduced-meal program.

From GERD to Great

One patient finds a new norm after consulting with Dr. Peter Janu, a general surgeon who is ranked #4 in the nation for performing TIF – an incisionless surgery that treats a common gastroesophageal reflux disease – at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

Our Affiliation with Ascension

Our Affiliation with Ascension

Last year, Ascension, through its subsidiary Ascension Health, provided more than $1.3 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs.

Living the Vision

Ministry’s "Living The Vision" recognition program was designed to recognize associates, providers, teams or departments who have gone “above and beyond” in their delivery of our mission and values, as well as our vision.

Building a Culture of High Reliability

Mark Kehrberg, MD, chief medical officer of Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System, received the 2014 Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Sisters From Around the World Gather

Sisters from ministries in Trinidad, St. Lucia, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Kansas – just to name a few – travelled to Oshkosh for a special gathering in March 2014.

Reducing Risks, Saving Lives

Imagine an operating room where physicians from every field of medicine work side by side to heal you. A room where the most progressive technologies in the world unite to generate unparalleled images of your inner body. A room so advanced, it defines new standards of excellence in modern medicine.

No Health Without Mental Health

After a study conducted by the United Way Fox Cities revealed kids in the Fox Valley weren’t receiving the mental healthcare they needed to live well, Affinity Health System and other organizations joined forces to create Catalpa Health – comprehensive, outpatient mental healthcare for our youngest generation.

SANE Nurses Provide Vital Safety Net for Victims of Abuse

SANE Nurses Provide Vital Safety Net

No matter how small or large, rural or urban, no community is immune from sexual assaults or sexual abuse. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime - one of the most under-reported crimes. Nine of every 10 rape victims are female.

A Smart Business Decision for Worzalla

Leaders at Worzalla believe their employees are their true competitive advantage. So, when Ministry Employer Solutions offered them a plan to help keep their workforce healthy and improve their bottom line, it was an easy business decision.

From Surgery to Setting Sail

After suffering painful gallbladder attacks for more than a year, Pat Sand decided to have her gallbladder removed via robotic surgery. A few short weeks later, she was enjoying a vacation on the deck of a cruise ship.

St. Vincent de Paul Free Medical Clinic

St. Vincent de Paul Free Medical Clinic serves the underinsured, uninsured, and those who may potentially have high deductibles.

Healthy Competition

Ministry Community Weight Race encourages people to “become the change you want” and work towards the common goal of living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight as a result.

Creating a “Model Community”

Ministry Health Care consistently strives to be a “Model Community” of high reliability. Here’s how we’re delivering on our Vision.

New Opportunities for Network Health

Froedtert Health and Ministry Health Care have agreed to pursue co-ownership of Network Health, a Menasha, Wisconsin-based health insurance plan.

A Smile Says it All

Ministry Dental Center in Stevens Point increases dental access to low-income families; improves oral health in our community through a comprehensive approach; reduces emergency room visits related to dental/tooth pain; and improves overall health of our patients.

Taking Neurosurgery to a New Level

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital advances treatment of brain tumors and brain disorders with the installation of the Gamma Knife PERFEXION.

Caring for the Community

For the last six decades, Calumet Medical Center in Chilton has provided patients with personalized healthcare close to home. Today, the hospital is in the midst of a $10 million renovation to make necessary improvements that will impact generations to come.

Student Continues to Make Her Mark

Sarah Thomas is going places. Like Japan, for instance, in the autumn of 2014. And success is sure to follow her. Her story of accomplishment is rooted in strong family ties and a connection to Agape Community Center.

Free Community Health Fairs

Where can you receive free health screenings like cholesterol, blood glucose, hearing, and vision? Simply attend a community health and wellness fair in the Northern Region.