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Ministry Health Care Community Report
Community Report


Our Mission, Vision, Values and Promise


Our Mission as a Catholic health care system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve.


We envision a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States which will lead to the transformation of healthcare. We will ensure service that is committed to health and well-being for our communities and that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle. We will expand the role of laity, in both leadership and sponsorship, to ensure a Catholic health ministry of the future.


We share a common vision and are called to act upon the following ideas and beliefs:

  • Service of the Poor — Generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need
  • Reverence — Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life
  • Integrity — Inspiring trust through personal leadership
  • Wisdom — Integrating excellence and stewardship
  • Creativity — Courageous innovation
  • Dedication — Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry

Our Values, along with our “I Statements,” serve as stepping stones that provide a steady and solid path to move us forward in a fast-paced, ever-changing healthcare environment. Our associates use the these “I statements” as a guide in keeping our patients first.


We earn trust by working together as One Ministry to keep PATIENTS FIRST in everything we do.

Published October 2014

Leading Our Mission

Strategic Direction

We will fulfill our promise to those we serve by delivering Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for life. Through this Call to Action, we will strive to provide access for all to care that is safe and clinically excellent in ways that satisfy patients, associates and physicians.

This will be made possible by:

  • Inspired people - a model community of Mission-centered associates whose physical, spiritual and professional needs are met
  • Trusted partnerships - relationships with others who have compatible values and whose services complement and support our own
  • Empowering knowledge - creating a connected ministry that uses technology to ensure our best thinking and practices area available to every patient
  • Vital presence - we will be where we are needed, how we are needed, to be there

Published October 2014

Our Heritage

Ministry Health Care is a Catholic healthcare organization that offers a faith-based response to the health needs of those living in poverty and other vulnerable persons and populations. Inspired by St. Francis, St. Clare and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, we are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve.

Ministry embraces its responsibility to provide for the needs of the communities we serve. While Ministry Health Care’s community benefit program addresses the needs of the overall communities we serve, we pay special attention to low-income and other disadvantaged individuals and families.

Our programs are designed to improve access to healthcare and improve the health and lives of those we serve.

Learn more about the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Published October 2014


Strengthening Our Catholic Identity

Our Mission as a Catholic healthcare system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve. Our mission directs us to provide healthcare in ways that are different from hospitals that are not driven by a Catholic and faith-based approach.
As part of Ascension Health, we recently had the opportunity to participate in a system-wide initiative to assess our Catholic identity according to six key principles. These principles are:

  • Solidarity with Those Who Live in Poverty
  • Holistic Care
  • Participatory Community of Work/Mutual Respect
  • Respect for Human Life
  • Common Good/Stewardship
  • Act in Communion with the Church

Approximately 60 leaders from across the system spent several months gathering evidence and investigating how well we meet the standards for each of the six criteria. This was the first time we used the review process from Ascension. In May 2014 all of those involved in the evaluation process gathered together with a leadership and evaluation team from Ascension to finalize the process and determine areas of success and opportunities for development. Some of the overall strengths cited in the final evaluation included:

  • Consistent performance on each principle across the evaluation matrix
  • Strong culture, dedicated to Mission, Vision and Values with an approach that supports outcomes achieved for each Catholic Identity principle
  • Leadership alignment and commitment to Model Community and Holistic Care as demonstrated by processes, tactics and training to provide skills for leaders and associates

What does this all mean? As a Catholic healthcare system we recognize, even as our founding sponsors did, that our work is more than just physical healing. There is a spiritual dimension to the care we provide to our patients as well as a way of doing things that sets us apart as we continue the healing ministry of Jesus. 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.

Published October 2014

List of Local Ordinaries

Ministry Health Care, represented by Nick Desien, Dan Neufelder and Sister Lois Bush, maintains a close working relationship with the Bishops who lead the Dioceses where we have a healthcare presence. We are grateful for their collaboration and guidance.

The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, J.C.L
Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Ministry Door County Medical Center - Sturgeon Bay
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital - Appleton
  • Mercy Medical Center - Oshkosh

The Most Reverend William P. Callahan, O.F.M. Conv. DD.
Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin

  • Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital - Stanley
  • Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital - Weston
  • Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Children's Hospital - Marshfield
  • Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital - Stevens Point

The Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Ministry Health Care Corporate Office - Milwaukee
  • Agape Community Center - Milwaukee

The Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen
Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin

  • Howard Young Medical Center - Woodruff
  • Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital - Eagle River
  • Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital - Rhinelander
  • Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital - Tomahawk
  • Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center - Merrill

Published October 2014