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Ministry Health Care Community Report
Community Report

Foundations Provide Needed Support

Foundations Provide Needed Support for Hospitals and Community

The Foundations within Ministry Health Care play a key role in providing much-needed support for hospitals that go above and beyond each facility’s general operations budget. The work of all Foundations helps to fulfill Ministry Health Care’s mission: 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 Foundations and the hospitals and clinics they support include:

Our Foundations extend a special thank-you to our community and associate donors whose financial support makes a difference every day.

Published October 2014

Backpacks Full of Blessings

Up to 77 percent of elementary-age students in the Wausau and DC Everest school districts qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch, and school officials say unmet nutritional needs make it difficult for children to learn, pay attention in class, behave properly and retain knowledge.

In an effort to meet those nutritional needs, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston has created a unique partnership with Blessings in a Backpack, which provides weekend nourishment to local school children on the free and reduced meal program.

As one of Ministry Saint Clare’s community benefit partner organizations, Blessings in a Backpack will receive $50,000 in funding over the next three years and additional associate support to expand to additional schools and serve more families.

After an initial pilot project of 50-75 families at Weston Elementary School in 2013, Blessings in a Backpack of DC Everest and Wausau has expanded to serve more than 300 children at six area schools.

"This effort is a true partnership that provides much needed support to area children and families, and is very deserving to be selected as our first Community Benefit Partner Project," said Antonina Olszewski, Ministry Saint Clare’s Foundation director, who oversees the facilities community benefit partner program.

The backpack food items are reviewed by a nutritionist to ensure appropriateness and often include two breakfast items, two snacks and two lunches of easy-to-prepare food items, such as oatmeal, granola bars, and macaroni and cheese.

"We are grateful to Ministry Saint Clare’s and their associates for this tremendous support," said Margaret P’ng, Blessings in a Backpack steering committee member. "This level of financial support and associate time and talent will allow us to efficiently expand our program to additional schools in our community."

Published October 2014

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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.

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.

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.

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.