Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee Grand Opening Gala
The September 25, 2010, Grand Opening Gala, hosted by Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation, was more than a black-tie affair. This remarkable event was the culmination of an eight year effort; it was the moment the new Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee came alive.
Upon arrival, guests walked the red carpet into the hospital. After a few words from Leo Brideau, President/CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s, and Chris Doerr, Chair of Columbia St. Mary’s Board of Directors, guests shared a champaign toast and ribbon-cutting, celebrating the final milestone in Columbia St. Mary’s commitment to going Beyond Medicine. This “Hospital of the Future” is sure to transform health care in our community and across the country.
As colored lights flooded into the building, a crowd of nearly 500 people who care about our community’s health care enjoyed wonderful food and wine, created and served by the Bartolotta Restaurants. After tours of patient floors, operating suites and the emergency department, guests were entertained by the Mike DeRose Jazz Band and Ted Oliver’s Dueling Pianos.
The grandest part of Saturday night’s festivities: nearly $500,000 was raised! Event proceeds will fund advanced treatments and technologies, patient-centered upgrades to rooms and common areas, integrative therapy programs and the creation of a stunning Healing Garden. And importantly, gifts continue to support access to healing and hope for those among us who are most vulnerable through free clinics and outreach programs.
As guests left at the conclusion of the event, many were heard saying, “This is amazing,” “The design is spectacular,” and “What a wonderful place to serve patients.” Yes, it is – thanks to you, our generous donors.
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation thanks all those who made this once-in-a-lifetime event possible: our sponsors, guests, vendors, staff, volunteers and donors!
J.F. Ahern Co.
Kathleen & Leo Brideau
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman
Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum, Inc.
Linda & John Mellowes and Patti & Jack McKeithan
Physicians of F.W. Madison Medical Associates
Mr. Christopher L. Doerr
Kahler Slater Architects, Inc.
Pieper Electric, Inc.
Liza & Randy Perry
von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
Wisconsin Radiology Specialists
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