President's Updates Archive 2011

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President's Updates Archive 2011

Read below for past headlines and news from Columbia St. Mary's Foundation President/CEO, Lisa A. Froemming.

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December 30, 2011

4th Annual Bowling Bash hopes to reach $30K for Huiras Clinic

Here’s your chance to become a “Bowling Buddy!”

Each year, the life of Tony “AJ” Czerwinski is remembered through an annual Bowling Bash hosted at the Circle B Recreation Center in Cedarburg. The event features team bowling, dinner catered by Ferrante’s and many raffle opportunities.

To date the event has raised more than $23,000 for the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic located at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee. The clinic serves more than 700 uninsured and underinsured county residents each year. Staffed by volunteers, the free clinic works closely with area healthcare providers to make sure “no one is left behind.”

Tickets are $20 and include three games of bowling, shoes and dinner catered by Ferrante's. To reserve your spot, contact Mary Czerwinski at 262-689-9391 or

December 16, 2011

Oncologist helps grow Healing Garden

A friend of Columbia St. Mary’s, Dr. Carl Olson, recently committed to a naming gift of the Healing Garden at Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center in Milwaukee.

The Dr. Carl E. Olson Family Healing Garden was created on an undeveloped space located behind Water Tower Medical Commons, where the Cancer Center’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer patients a view of the garden with the shores of Lake Michigan as a backdrop. The garden, built from July through November of this year, features a waterfall, koi pond, wetlands, a birch grove and countless flora that bloom throughout the warmer months.

I greatly appreciate the generosity of Dr. Olson and his family and look forward to officially dedicating the garden in the spring when the flowers begin to bloom and the koi are added to the pond.

December 8, 2011

Foundation President Honored with TEMPO Mentor Award

A Note from Randy Perry, Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) Foundation Chairman:

I am happy to share that Lisa A. Froemming, CSM VP of Institutional Advancement and CSM Foundation President/CEO, was recently named a 2012 TEMPO Mentor Award winner.

The Mentor Awards celebrate the practice of mentoring, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to helping others achieve their personal and professional potential. Each Mentor Award honoree will select a college or university to receive a scholarship for a woman in her junior or senior year.

Lisa is a compassionate person who encourages original thinking and challenges those she works with to be exceptional. She continually champions those who work with her to be their best and to recognize their accomplishments when they are achieved. Continually, people are drawn to Lisa for a “different perspective” on work, life and career matters. She never refuses a meeting when someone is seeking her advice and makes them the center of her attention.

As a dedicated nonprofit leader, Lisa has the innate ability to see beyond the immediate needs of an organization and frame the core objectives that will bring about long-term, sustainable outcomes. Through her role at CSM, Lisa led the organization’s largest-ever fundraising campaign surpassing more than $42 million to transform building projects and expand community health services. At CSM, Lisa is viewed as a vital leader who defines CSM’s community message and strategic impact.

Lisa has also made a substantial impact on the Milwaukee philanthropy environment for more than 30 years with leadership roles at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, United Performing Arts Fund, Milwaukee Ballet and the Milwaukee Public Museum. Additionally, she has shared her talents in a volunteer capacity in leadership roles with the TEMPO Milwaukee, Girl Scouts of America, Association of Midwest Museums, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

Lisa, along with Dr. Earnestine Willis and Deloitte LLP, will be honored at the TEMPO Milwaukee’s 22nd Annual Mentor Event on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at The Pfister Hotel. Click here to learn more about the event.

TEMPO Milwaukee provides members with opportunities to network with leaders and future leaders, to enhance their awareness of issues and trends having an impact on Milwaukee and the business community, and to participate in the active contribution of TEMPO Milwaukee as a group to the future success of the business community and the region. 

November 14, 2011

CSM opens the Doerr Family Newborn ICU

Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to announce the opening of the Doerr Family Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)—the first all-private-room NICU in southeastern Wisconsin—today - Monday, November 14, 2011. The new $3.5 million NICU, which is moving from the 4th floor to the 6th floor of Columbia St. Mary’s Women’s Hospital, will set a new standard of care for premature and ill infants in southeastern Wisconsin, allowing these special newborns to go home healthier and sooner. The NICU is named in recognition of generous support by brothers Daniel L. Doerr and Christopher L. Doerr, long time donors to and advocates for Columbia St. Mary’s.

Continuing a tradition of support that started with their parents, the Doerrs – for nearly two decades – have held a variety of leadership roles for Columbia St. Mary’s and led giving for important projects to expand services to the community, including Columbia St. Mary’s hospital building campaigns in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties, community benefit programs, an expanded medical oncology clinic, and cardiovascular and stroke services. (Click here to read the full press release.)

Improved health outcomes for at-risk infants
“This new model of care is proven to improve health and reduce the number of days spent in the hospital for premature infants, all while increasing family satisfaction,” said Dr. John Wolf, neonatologist and medical director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee. “The all-private room NICU will reduce the risk of infection, reduce stress through noise and light control and provide more privacy for patients and their families.”

Today, CSM’s NICU team works in a 17-bed unit in a large open space – a design popularized in the 1960s. Since that time, neonatal technology has advanced and there are significantly more invasive treatments and therapies delivered within the NICU and knowledge regarding infection transmission has increased.

The move to all-private rooms will greatly increase privacy and allow parents to better bond with their child through feeding, holding and learning about the special care needed for their infant. The private room also provides a much better environment for new moms to breastfeed their child. Most importantly, privacy is afforded when there are critical medical needs that the physicians, caregivers and families are managing.

Because it is private, the room can become their “home away from home” as they spend countless hours at their child’s bedside. Families will have a space to visit, take care of family business and even stay overnight anytime throughout their stay. Windows in each room provide natural light and comforting views. (Click here to read the full press release.)

November 11, 2011

Two CSM clinic doctors win Health Care Heroes Award

Dr. Jim Sanders of the CSM Family Health Center and Dr. Michael Johnstone of CSM Community Physicians have been named as Health Care Heroes by the BizTimes Milwaukee publication. Dr. Sanders is the medical director of CSM’s award winning Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic (CCDM) as well as supporting the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured, all while serving as faculty for the Family Health Center. Dr. Johnstone serves as the Medical Director of St. Ben’s Clinic, in addition to his active medical practice and many responsibilities at the Glendale Clinic and within CSM Community Physicians.

They will receive their awards at a breakfast ceremony on December 9th at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. The physicians were nominated by Community Services, St. Ben’s Clinic and Foundation staff in recognition of their support over many years.

Click here for more details:  

October 13, 2011

World Burn Congress committee kicks off efforts for 2012 event in Milwaukee

Columbia St. Mary’s is a lead sponsor for the World Burn Congress being held in Milwaukee in September 2012. This annual three day conference is a premier burn survivor event focused on providing recovery education and peer support in a caring environment. The committee – including representatives from Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center, Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety, the Milwaukee Fire Department, and the Milwaukee Visitor’s Bureau – began planning meetings for event sponsorship, program content and logistics. If you are interested in volunteering for the planning committee or for the World Burn Congress, please contact 414-270-4900. 

October 10, 2011

Annual Gala raises more than $265,000 for NICU!

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, Columbia St. Mary's Foundation hosted its Annual Gala, raising more than $265,000 for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is one of the highest amounts ever raised at this annual event!

Throughout the evening guests heard stories from NICU families, nurses and physicians about the exceptional care provided to our very special babies. The attendees were proud that their donations would help build the first NICU featuring all-private rooms in southeastern Wisconsin – a gold standard of care. In addition, funds were raised to add a Giraffe® OmniBed®, the most state-of-the-art isolette available for premature infant care.

CSM Foundation wishes to thank its leading sponsors for the event, whose generous support made the difference.

Presenting Sponsors: Johnson Controls ~ The Physicians of F.W. Madison Medical Associates

Major Sponsors: Newborn Care Physicians of Southeastern Wisconsin ~ Patti & Jack McKeithan ~ Liza & Randy Perry ~ Quarles & Brady LLP

Supporting Sponsors: Accenture ~ Accretive Health ~ Cristina & Jeffrey Crogan ~ Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman ~ Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres & Ms. Julie Brockhaus ~ Herb Kohl/Milwaukee Bucks ~ North Shore Pathologists ~ Dr. Ben & Gretchen Quist ~ Amy & Rick Ruvin ~ The Sleep Wellness Institute ~ Mark & Beth Taylor ~ Wisconsin Radiology Specialists, S.C.

You may still make a gift to support the NICU renovations. Please go to to learn more.

October 1, 2011

CSM co-hosts Safe Sleep Sabbath for local clergy

Infant mortality: The number of infants who die before their first birthday.

Did you know that, according to the United Nations, the black infant mortality rate in Milwaukee is worse than the rate in Malaysia, Latvia, Cuba, Chile, Thailand and 62 other countries?

It's a complex problem related to poverty, race, health practices and health disparities, but we CAN act now to overcome one major problem that is killing our babies: infant sleep death.

From 2005-2008, there were more than 800 fetal and infant deaths in Milwaukee. For every 1,000 births, 11 infants died. Black infants were three times more likely to die than white infants. In 2009, there were an additional 122 infant deaths and a substantial portion of these were preventable, including those attributed to unsafe sleep.

Churches of all faiths across the city were invited to participate in the Safe Sleep Sabbath on Sunday, October 9th to alert their congregations to the troubling infant mortality statistics in Milwaukee and share critical – often misunderstood – information to promote safe sleep practices for infants.

To prepare for this special Sabbath message, more than 70 local clergy members attended a training at Columbia St. Mary’s featuring information and tools to use for the event.

The Safe Sleep Sabbath was planned cooperatively by Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital and Church of God in Christ Churches of the Northwest Jurisdiction (COGIC). Columbia St. Mary's and COGIC have been working collaboratively to improve the health of church members and the health of the communities served by the churches

If you are interested in learning more about Safe Sleep initiatives, contact Bill Solberg, Director of Community Benefit Programs, at

September 27, 2011

Online Auction Live - Bid on a Brewers Playoff Suite and more!


Now through September 30th at noon, bid on the exclusive use of a Miller Park Suite to watch the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.

The online portion of all other featured auction items will run from September 27th through October 7th at noon and will conclude at the CSM Foundation Gala on October 8th.

Click here to go to our online auction page or visit

This year the Columbia St. Mary's Foundation Gala benefits our new Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Columbia St. Mary's is creating southeastern Wisconsin's only all-private room NICU to speed the recovery and improve the health of our littlest patients, as well as offer a "home away from home" for their families.

Limited space is still available for the CSM Foundation Gala on Saturday, October 8th.
Click here for more information or to reserve your seat.

September 15, 2011

Columbia St. Mary’s sponsors Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) is proud to be a Passion Sponsor for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. At the event on Sunday, September 25, 2011, CSM will host the Mobile Digital Mammography Center – a specially designed mobile unit that offers a comfortable and private environment for women to get a mammogram, – and serve as sponsor of the KomenKlimb.

The CSM team will walk in support of the 500+ breast cancer survivors treated at CSM annually. Click here to donate to the CSM team.

Additionally, CSM's will proudly donate $10 for every mammogram performed at a CSM Breast Health Center between now and March 31, 2012. To make an appointment

Through the race, CSM hopes to further promote the importance of early detection and early intervention for breast cancer through mammography services.

September 1, 2011

Healing Garden is growing

Over the past two months the crew of LaRosa Landscaping has been hard at work transforming a previously dull space into a beautiful healing garden. To date, the paving is nearly complete, planting has begun on the hillside and excavation of the pond is underway.

Nature's impact on healing is intuitive - and confirmed through research. Access to nature is proven to reduce stress, promote faster healing, reduce the need for medications and actually decrease the length of one's hospital stay.

Families and friends of patients will find the garden a haven to renew their hope and spirit while waiting for their loved ones.

Click here to learn more about the project and how you can get involved!

August 30, 2011

Burn Center Golf Invitational tees up

On Monday, August 29, 2011, the Burn Center Golf Invitational committee put forth another great event at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. After a beautiful afternoon of golf on The Brute, BCGI guests dined European buffet style and bid on auction items. This year, more than $50,000 was raised benefitting Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center, Camp for Burn Injured Youths and Newspapers In Education – bringing the BCGI cumulative total to $1.9 million. Special thanks to event co-chairs, Dan Gengler and Kay Luedke for their decades of success.  

August 15, 2011

Johnson Controls sponsors CSM Foundation Gala

Thank you to Johnson Controls for their lead sponsorship of the CSM Foundation Annual Gala. Their gift will benefit the move and renovation of CSM’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit, which will become the only all-private-room NICU in southeastern Wisconsin in mid-November.

The Gala will be held at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Guests will enjoy the elegant food of The Bartolotta Restaurants, bid on silent, live and fund-a-cause auction items and dance the night away to the live band, “Hot Sauce.”

Additional sponsors include The Physicians of F.W. Madison Medical Associates, Patti and Jack McKeithan, Liza and Randy Perry, Quarles & Brady, LLP, and Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.

Click here to learn more about or make a reservation for Gala.


June 22, 2011

Announcing Columbia St. Mary's 2011 Annual Gala

Columbia St. Mary’s 2011 Annual Gala will be held at Pier Wisconsin on Saturday, October 8. Don’t miss out on dinner by Bartolotta’s, an amazing auction and live entertainment! This year’s event will benefit CSM’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

In the coming months, Columbia St. Mary's will expand and transform these tiny infants' first home - our newborn intensive care unit (NICU) - by creating the first all-private room NICU in the area. This unique model will improve medical outcomes allowing babies to go home sooner. In addition, the family-friendly environment will allow parents to be an integral part of the care team, giving them a precious opportunity to help their child through this journey.

By attending and supporting our Gala, you can help us make that experience even better.

Click here for more information and to register. 

June 15, 2011

Register now for the Burn Center Golf Invitational

Join the Midwest Fire Sprinkler Industries, WI Alliance for Fire Safety and Columbia St. Mary’s at the 23rd Annual Burn Center Golf Invitational! This year’s event takes place on Monday, August 29, at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Proceeds benefit Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center and the WI Alliance for Fire Safety programs, including Cap for Burn Injured Youth, Newspapers in Education and World Burn Congress 2012.

For more information and to register, please contact Kay Luedke at (262) 253-9300 or email

June 8, 2011

The Helen Bader Foundation gives $20,000 to support Healthy Teeth for Children

The Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee has awarded a $20,000 grant in support of the Columbia St. Mary’s Healthy Teeth for Children Project at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic.

The project supports Seton dentists in caring for impoverished children whose dental needs are identified through the award-winning CSM Smart Smiles Program.  The Bader gift will provide care at the Milwaukee clinic to children who do not have insurance and would not otherwise have access to dental treatment.  

Smart Smiles brings preventive oral care and education to impoverished children in their schools, helps connect them with local dentists for ongoing care, and arranges for uninsured youngsters to receive care at Seton. 

Click here to help bring dental care to the children who need it most in our community. 

June 1, 2011

Community Chronic Disease Management article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The June 1 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article about Columbia St. Mary's Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinics.

Through a new partnership with the Northwest Jurisdiction of Milwaukee's Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Columbia St. Mary's has expanded the reach of its CCDM program. As a result of this unique partnership, more of Milwaukee's most vulnerable have access to healthcare services through screenings, referral and management services, low-cost drugs and preventative education.

Click here to read the article. 

May 17, 2011

Physicians, staff and CSM Foundation funded a new Medical Conference Center at the Water Tower Medical Commons

Thanks to physicians, staff and the Foundation, a new Medical Conference Center has been created at Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee. And, additional equipment and services were placed at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee that will allow for greater connectivity and flexibility.

Designed to be an ideal learning environment, the new Medical Conference Center has the following state-of-the-art features:

  • Seating for up to 175 people.
  • The latest video conferencing abilities with remote access from the Ozaukee Hospital or clinics. With multi-port streaming, each display can show different contect at the same time from the CSM network, laptops, video media or web pages.
  • Images will be shown at 1080p high definition levels.
  • The room can be divided into two rooms for flexible meeting formats and multiple space configurations.
  • Excellent views of the presentation from all areas of the rooms. Images will be displayed on two large projection screens and 68-inch monitors.
  • The Medical Conference Center will also be utilized for community outreach events and other programming to support CSM's mission.

With nearly 500 educational programs annually, the Medical Conference Center will be the most effective platform from which to deliver these programs in a fully-equipped, technologically advanced environment. 

May 5, 2011

Lisa A. Froemming named a Business Journal “Women of Influence”

A  Note From Michael M. Grebe, CSM Foundation Chairman:

I am happy to share that Lisa A. Froemming, CSM VP of Institutional Advancement and CSM Foundation President/CEO, was recently named one of the Business Journal’s 2011 “Women of Influence” in the nonprofit category. This award honors influential businesswomen throughout the Milwaukee area.

This past December, Lisa wrapped up a remarkable $42 million Beyond Medicine Campaign for CSM to support transformative building projects and expansion of community health services.

Despite the economic downturn, challenges inherent in healthcare philanthropy, and a feasibility study that recommended embarking on a campaign of only $25 million, Lisa had the vision, knowledge, expertise, and ambition to lead the CSM Foundation to a much more meaningful level of contribution. The campaign gifts Lisa helped secure will make a positive impact on more than 100,000 patient lives through the new CSM Hospital in Milwaukee, the Bed Tower in Ozaukee, advanced treatments and technologies, patient experience upgrades, and have deeply meaningful impact through CSM's community benefit health clinics and education and outreach programs.

Lisa has been an influence in the Milwaukee philanthropy environment for more than 30 years with leadership roles at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, United Performing Arts Fund, Milwaukee Ballet and the Milwaukee Public Museum, where she led a campaign to build the live Butterfly Garden, Sense of Wonder permanent exhibit, IMAX Theater and a new entry experience.

Additionally, she has shared her talents in a volunteer capacity in leadership roles with the Girl Scouts of America, Association of Midwest Museums, TEMPO Milwaukee and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.  Her dedication to philanthropy in our community has extended well beyond the borders of any particular organization she may be supporting at any time - she has had a real impact on our entire community. 

May 4, 2011

Columbia St. Mary’s Staff and Visitors Support Breast Cancer Awareness 

Recently, Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation hosted a variety of activities that raised awareness and funds to help break down the barriers women face in access to Breast Health education and yearly mammograms. Breast Health Awareness Week kicked off on April 25 with “Think Pink” cake in the cafeteria and concluded with the 2011 “A Passion for Fashion” show and luncheon on May 3.

Staff and visitors contributed by taking advantage of a delicious cancer-fighting meal deal. Others made a donation and showed their support by wearing pink ribbon pink or by wearing pink on May 2.

CSM’s Breast Health Centers’ Support Services were on hand at various locations to answer questions about Breast Health.

Thanks to everyone who participated during Breast Health Awareness week! 

May 3, 2011

“A Passion for Fashion” raises nearly $40,000 for CSM’s Breast Health Centers

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation thanks all who participated in our “A Passion for Fashion” fashion show and luncheon. Because of you, it was a huge success!  With your support, we raised nearly $40,000 to benefit the Breast Health Centers at Columbia St. Mary’s.

Funds raised help support the services provided by the Mobile Digital Mammography Coach which has screened more than 2,500 women since October. It helps women who might not otherwise have access to services because of economic or geographic barriers. Support also helps to provide them access to high quality, compassionate care at their community centers, churches and workplaces.

We shared the stories of Dana and Loretta and the outstanding care they received at Columbia St. Mary's as they transitioned to breast cancer survivors. And Dr. Varsha Shah spoke about the many wonderful programs that Columbia St. Mary's National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center offers – the only one of its kind in Milwaukee and Ozaukee.

Thanks to our sponsors, vendors, guests, auction item donors and auction item bidders (online and at the event)!  We look forward to seeing you next year! 

May 3, 2011

Memorial Service for Milwaukee’s Homeless People

A simple memorial service was held on May 3, 2011, for Milwaukee’s homeless people. Organized by St. Ben’s Clinic for the Homeless, Community Advocates, the Guest House and the Salvation Army, the theme of this year’s service was Love.

The service was held at St. Benedict the Moor Church, next to CSM’s St. Ben’s Clinic for the Homeless. The hour-long service included prayer, poetry and other literature readings – some written by the homeless. Approximately 100 people were in attendance.

Bill Mullooly, Social Worker at St. Ben’s Clinic, was touched that in attendance were two siblings of a homeless gentleman who passed away.  This service is ecumenical and an annual event. Click here for more information about St. Ben’s Clinic for the Homeless. Click here to make a donation.


April 11, 2011

You're Invited! "A Passion for Fashion" to benefit CSM Breast Health Centers

At Columbia St. Mary’s, we're known for our “Passion for Patient Care.” It is with that passion that we offer the very best in breast health care – providing the community with the most up-to-date technology in a unique environment built to meet your needs. Our physicians, nurses and staff work closely together to offer you all the support you need.

On May 3, “A Passion for Fashion” Fashion Show and Luncheon will raise money to support CSM’s Breast Health Centers, to educate our community on the importance of breast health and to provide access to mammograms for our most vulnerable.

The Fashion Show and Luncheon is shaping up to be a great event that will feature a new location – the Pfister Hotel - great food and, of course, a signature fashion show!

Last year’s event raised more than $33,000 to fund outreach and care. Help us make this year’s event even more successful! Join us on May 3 to bid on fabulous auction items, learn more about CSM’s Cancer Centers programs and services and see the latest styles and fashions, courtesy of Bruce Paul Goodman – the Fashionable Clothier. Most importantly, join us to support and empower the women in our community.

Click here to make your reservation today!


March 31, 2011

CSM Foundation's President/CEO on UWM's "Lake Effect"

Lisa A. Froemming, President/CEO of CSM Foundation, was featured on WUWM’s “Lake Effect” morning show on Thursday, March 31, 2011. She shared why hospitals need philanthropy, the impact of our $42 million Beyond Medicine Campaign and what’s ahead for the Foundation.

Lisa described how hospitals across the country were founded with philanthropy and community input – and how this philanthropy is a “measure of how the community can have voice in an institution.” She told Stephanie Lecci of Lake Effect that Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation is committed to stewarding our community’s healthcare dollars by both helping more people get care and helping people get better care.

Lisa explained the importance and impact of CSM Foundation's Beyond Medicine campaign, which raised more than $42 million to support CSM's state-of-the-industry treatments and technologies, programs and enhancements that create an exceptional patient experience and community benefit programs.    

Lisa was please to share the news of the Foundation’s next campaign, for our NICU, that also involves advanced treatments and technologies, an exceptional patient experience and community benefit programs.

Click here to listen to Lisa and hear about our next campaign! 

March 30, 2011

Gifts made in honor of CSM physicians 

March 30 is National Doctors Day and Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation is sincerely grateful for the gifts received in honor of our physicians. Donors included notes of thanks and appreciation to these physicians who play such an important role in their lives. These gifts are a testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication to making a positive difference in the health status and lives of our patients, their families and our community. 

March 10, 2011

Recognize your doctor and those who take such good care of you on National Doctors Day!

When you are well, your doctor helps you stay well. And when you are sick, injured or in need, there may be no person more important to you and your family than your doctor.

You have a special relationship with your doctor, whether she safely delivered your firstborn child . . .  he diagnosed the cause of the pain in your back … or her loyal caring and concern helped you achieve your health goals . . .  your physician is your key to living a healthy life.

On March 30, 2011, our nation will celebrate the work of our country’s physicians during National Doctors Day – a day designated to paying special thanks to those who take such good care of you, your family and our community.

Doctors Day is an opportunity to support their work by recognizing your doctor’s importance in your life and making a gift in his or her honor.

Along with your gift to Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation, you can also let your doctor know of your appreciation for all they do by sending a special note of thanks. 

Click here to make an online donation in honor of your doctor. Please select "Doctors Day" in the Gift Designation drop down menu. Be sure to designate the gift in honor of your doctor, include their name, and include your note of appreciation in the "My note to my doctor" box.

Make your gift by March 25 and Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation staff will make sure your doctor receives your message in time to celebrate Doctors Day.

Your gift continues to help where needs are greatest . . . by providing special care and services to patients and families . . . and responds to true community need with essential free services and access for the most vulnerable in our community. Your tribute gift helps make the service, experience and treatment options for you, your family and our community that much better.  

March 3, 2011

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation’s Beyond Medicine Campaign exceeds goal, raising $42 million

I am delighted to share this remarkable news with you, our donor and valued friend. Thanks to you, Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation has exceeded its Beyond Medicine campaign fundraising goal, raising more than $42 million to support Columbia St. Mary’s state-of-the-industry treatments and technologies, programs and enhancements that create an exceptional patient experience and community benefit programs.       

“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 of the Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation board of directors.  “The Beyond Medicine campaign, launched in 2005, builds on a 162-year Columbia St. Mary’s tradition of philanthropy that benefits the entire community with the best possible health care outcomes, delivered in the safest and most comfortable environment, while also tending to those in need.”

Your support of the Beyond Medicine campaign helped improve the patient experience by funding improvements to the medical and radiation oncology areas at the Ozaukee campus such as private waiting areas, heated treatment chairs and calming artwork; SkyCeilings™(photographic illusions of real skies embedded in ceiling tiles 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 free health care to those who are most vulnerable.  The move and expansion of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic, the “dental emergency rooms for the poor,” was a critical project funded by Beyond Medicine.   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, primary and specialty care at little or no cost to uninsured and under-insured individuals in our community. All this is only possible because of donors like you. 

“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,” said Mark Taylor, FACHE, who was named president and chief executive officer of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in February.  “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.  Your support helps us realize our mission and provide care with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.

I am indebted to the Beyond Medicine honorary co-chairs Polly H. and William D. Van Dyke, III; and co-chairs Daniel F. McKeithan, Jr., Randall M. Perry and Jane Schroeder for their extraordinary dedication of time, talent and treasure. And my deepest gratitude goes to you, and the more than 15,000 donors who helped the Beyond Medicine Campaign meet and exceed its goal.  You saw the need and rose to the occasion.   

March 1, 2011

UPDATE! 3rd Annual Bowling Bash to Benefit the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic Raises more than $9,000! 

On Saturday, January 29, 2011, the third annual “Bowling Bash” was a great success. Those who attended at the Circle B Recreation Center in Cedarburg participated as a team or individual to raise money to benefit the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic.

As part of the CSM Community Benefits program, volunteer physicians and caregivers serve more than 700 uninsured and under-insured patients per year with free services at the Huiras Clinic. The family of Tony “AJ” Czerwinski organizes the yearly event in memory of the respectful, compassionate care that Tony received.

Including this year, the "Bowling Bash" event has raised more than $23,000 to support the clinic since the event began three years ago. Columbia St. Mary's is grateful to the Czerwinski family and all those who participated in this years event! 

January 27, 2011

As it Turns Out, Money Can Buy Happiness… 

As we wrap up our Beyond Medicine Campaign and begin our new fundraising approaches, we need to make sure that our continuing donors stay connected, and our new donors have an immediate sense of the impact of their support.

This is especially important considering the national philanthropic climate. Giving USA Foundation’s study, Giving USA 2010, reports a 3.6% decline in giving across all philanthropic sectors in FY2009 – and a very significant 7.4% decline in giving to health care institutions.

While it’s easy to attribute the overall decline to the recession, it’s troubling to see the larger decrease in health care giving. Some speculate that this decrease may be caused by the continued debate regarding the role of nonprofit hospitals and the notion that their operations too closely resemble for-profit corporate structures. Likewise, in the U.S., the healthcare reform debate of the past two years has often cast hospitals at fault for quality, cost and access. I believe we are extremely fortunate in CSM’s positioning with strong community credibility for its values-driven, mission-centered operations and for its continued emphasis on being the high-quality/low-cost leader.

A somewhat more recent survey (calendar 2010) conducted by GuideStar, and a number of research and fundraising organizations also found encouraging results: fewer organizations reported decreased contributions, and the percentage who said contributions had increased grew as well. Possibly these figures signal the beginning of an economic recovery. Other highlights from the 2010 fundraising survey:

• Larger organizations (those with annual expenses of $1 million or greater) were more likely to report increased contributions.
• Nearly half (47 percent) of participants expect their organizations' budgets to increase next year.

Another new study shows that donors indicate they are likely to increase their charitable contributions in 2011. The annual Dunham+Company New Year’s Philanthropy Survey shows there is a 29 percent surge in households that say they plan to increase their giving in 2011 compared to last year, as well as a 20 percent jump in households that say their giving will stay the same and a 48 percent drop in the number of households that say they will decrease their giving.

Perhaps the greatest cause for optimism comes from the University of British Columbia. As it turns out, money can buy happiness . . . as long as you spend it on other people.

Researchers conducted three studies. First they surveyed more than 600 Americans and found that spending money on gifts and charities led to greater happiness than spending money on oneself.
Then they looked at workers who had just received bonuses and found that their happiness was not based on the size of their bonus but on the decision they made about what to do with whatever amount of money they received. Those who spent more of their bonus on others were happier than those who spent the money on themselves. Finally, the researchers simply gave money to a number of people, telling some to spend the money on themselves and others to spend the money on others. At the end of the day, the ones who spent money on others were happier.

So, we can conclude that giving money is clearly a winning strategy in life.  

January 17, 2011

Leadership Transition at Columbia St. Mary's

As a donor and one of our valued friends, we wanted you to be one of the first to know about an upcoming leadership transition at Columbia St. Mary’s.

Below, you will find links to announcements shared with the Columbia St. Mary’s family about Leo Brideau leaving CSM after 10 years of dedicated service to pursue a newly created position with our co-sponsor, Ascension Health.

The Foundation Board and staff are grateful for Leo’s steadfast commitment to the role of increasing philanthropy at CSM. He has been a strong and visible leader in our $41 million Beyond Medicine Campaign.

We are delighted to welcome our new President and CEO, Mark Taylor, who will assume his new responsibilities on February 15th. Mark comes from another Ascension Health member, Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he served as President and CEO. We look forward to introducing Mark to you in the coming months.

Letter from Leo P. Brideau
Memo from Bruce McDonald, Chairman, Columbia St. Mary’s Board of Directors
Letter from Mark R. Taylor  

January 16, 2011

Foundation's Rath Receives "Forty Under 40" Award

Please join me in congratulating our own Patrick Rath, Executive Director of CSM Foundation, who has been honored as one of The Business Journal’s “Forty under 40.”

This prestigious award is well-deserved by Patrick, who has been with the Foundation for four years. Previous to joining the Foundation, Patrick held leadership roles at the United Performing Arts Center (UPAF), Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Patrick also served as president of the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals from 2008-2010.

The winners will be honored in a special section in the Feb. 25 issue of The Business Journal and at a Feb. 28 awards event at The Pfister Hotel.

To congratulate Patrick directly you may email him at

To read more about The Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, visit

January 14, 2011

3rd Annual Bowling Bash to Benefit the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic (UPDATE ABOVE!)

On Saturday, January 29, 2011, the third annual “Bowling Bash” will take place at the Circle B Recreation Center in Cedarburg to benefit the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic. We invite you, your family and friends to participate in this fun-filled event as a team or individual.

As part of the CSM Community Benefits program, volunteer physicians and caregivers serve more than 700 uninsured and underinsured patients per year with free services at the Huiras Clinic. The family of Tony “AJ” Czerwinski organizes the yearly event in memory of the respectful, compassionate care that Tony received. This event has raised more than $14,000 to support the clinic over the past two years.

The cost is $20 per bowler, which includes three games of bowling and dinner. Please contact Mark Czerwinski at (262) 242-4929 or by Friday, January 15, to register. For more information, click here to view the flyer.  

January 10, 2011

Partnership Significantly Expands Preventive Healthcare Services at 44 Milwaukee Churches 

Columbia St. Mary’s is partnering with the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) to provide health screenings and other preventive care through 44 COGIC churches in the Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin area.

On Saturday January 8, 2010, more than 150 people joined Bishop C.H. McClelland of the Wisconsin Northwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ and Bill Solberg, director of community services for Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM), to witness the signing of a covenant agreement to begin the partnership.

The COGIC Covenant will provide church members with access to health education, healthcare screenings, and health counseling services. “We know that our churches serve as a resource to our members in many different ways,” Bishop C.H. McClelland said. “We feel privileged to help our members improve their health and the health of their families through this partnership with Columbia St. Mary’s.”

Each church will name a health liaison volunteer to work in partnership with CSM parish nurses and community health workers to accomplish collaborative health goals. “Working with church health liaisons is a new and creative approach,” Bill Solberg said. “As informal leaders in their churches, the liaisons will be closely aligned with church members and able to link members to appropriate health programs.”

The partnership will make many healthcare services available to members, including mammography screening, colorectal cancer screening, prostate screening, cooking classes, nutritional education, diabetes education, assistance regarding advance care directives, and development of programs suggested by the health liaison volunteers.

In addition, a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Clinic to treat hypertension and diabetes will be located within Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ Church at 2677 N. 40th Street. The CDM Clinic is an expansion of a successful clinic that has been operating for the past four years at the New Life Food Pantry in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. It is being funded through the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Healthy Wisconsin Partnership Program. Three additional CDM clinics are planned for the future.

“Through screenings, education and community partnerships, the Riverwest clinic significantly lowered the blood pressure for 76 percent of the patients it serves,” Solberg said. “We hope to replicate that success at the new clinic.”

The CDM clinics and parish nurses are funded through gifts to CSM Foundation. To support this and our other Community Benefit programs, please click here

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