42 million thanks for $42 million raised!
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation has exceeded its Beyond Medicine campaign fundraising goal, raising more than $42 million to support Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and its state-of-the-industry treatments and technologies, programs and enhancements that create an exceptional patient experience and provide support to community benefit programs.
Rooted in our community and founded through philanthropy, Columbia St. Mary's Beyond Medicine Campaign continues our 163-year legacy of philanthropy and builed on that tradition benefiting the community and providing the best possible healthcare options.
“The Columbia St. Mary’s community is a family. And that family came together in a powerful way to ensure outstanding care for mind, body and spirit, delivered with passion and compassion by an unparalleled team of health care clinicians," said Michael Grebe, Chairman, Columbia St. Mary's Foundation Board of Directors.
The new Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee is the most visible
outcome of the Beyond Medicine Campaign. This groundbreaking project
consolidated our two aging east side facilities into one
innovative, efficient and cost-saving hospital that opened in October
2010. Highlighted features include patient-centered
environments, specialty institutes for treatment, the newest
technologies, and flexibility for future needs.
Funding from the Foundation supported Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee’s state-of-the-art five-story bed tower. Funding also supported renovations of the lobby and Emergency Department to provide patients and their loved ones with more privacy and comfort.
The Beyond Medicine campaign also impacted and improved the patient experience by funding improvements to the medical and radiation oncology areas at the Ozaukee campus with private waiting areas, heated treatment chairs and calming artwork; SkyCeilings™ (high definition photographic illusions of real sky images embedded in the ceiling to provide relaxing focal points to patients undergoing treatments); healing gardens; and animal-assisted therapy, among others.
Rooted in its mission, Columbia St. Mary’s continues in its commitment to provide access to care for the most vulnerable. The move and expansion of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic doubled the capacity of this “dental emergency room for the poor” and created a respectful and efficient environment of care.
Additionally, donor funded programs like the Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinic, St. Ben’s Clinic for the Homeless, the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic, and our Healthy Births Initiatives provide education as well as primary and specialty care at little or no cost to uninsured and under-insured individuals in our community.
Mark Taylor, Columbia St. Mary's new President/CEO, commented, “I
couldn’t be more pleased to start my new role here and immediately
find such a welcoming and supportive community, evidenced by the great
generosity of our donors. Their support is inspiring to me as I assume
the responsibility to steward Columbia St. Mary’s rich history of
service. It’s clear our donors represent a tradition of philanthropy at
Columbia St. Mary’s which reaches back to our founding. I’m proud to be
entrusted with this legacy and I promise to carry it forward.”
“Private funding for hospitals has always been important – most hospitals were originally built with private, often faith-based donations – and it’s more critical now than ever. Donor support helps us realize our mission and provide care for those who may have nowhere else to turn,” said Lisa A. Froemming, President/CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation.
More than 15,000 donors helped the Beyond Medicine Campaign meet and exceed its goal. "Our family of dedicated donors saw the need and rose to the occasion,” said Froemming. "We are exceedingly grateful for this broad and compassionate support."
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