President's Updates Archive 2010
Read below for past headlines and news
from Columbia St. Mary's Foundation
President/CEO, Lisa A. Froemming.
December 9, 2010
Former NICU baby makes special donation
Though he doesn’t remember being in Columbia St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Nate Ruvin certainly keeps a special place in his heart for this place – after all, it was his first home.
Nate was born at 27 week – more than three months premature – weighing only 2 lbs, 8 oz at birth. He spent two months in the NICU before he could go home – learning to breathe, eat, digest and grow on his own.
This year, when his parents asked him what he wanted for Hanukkah, Nate decided that rather than receive new toys, he would rather make a gift to the NICU families. A beloved stuffed monkey he was given while in the NICU gave him the idea to give this same gift to other NICU babies as well.
Additionally, Nate donated Target gift cards that the NICU nurses and staff will use to purchase a baby bouncy seat to help sooth little ones suffering from stomach problems.
Thank you to Nate for thinking of the NICU families this holiday season!
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation funds $63K for hospital programs
At today’s board meeting, the Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) Foundation Board of Directors approved $63,000 in grants to fund CSM hospital programs and services.
“We are proud to have such a strong partnership with the hospital, said
Board chairman, Michael M. Grebe. “Through our donors, we are able to
make a real day-to-day impact on patient care, comfort and recovery.”
Grants awarded include funding for the areas listed below.
Create an Exceptional Patient Experience through:
Make a positive Community Impact through:
Provide access to continuing Education through:
Columbia St. Mary's to be honored with Health Care Hero Award
On December 9, 2010, Columbia St. Mary's will be honored with the Grand Achievement Award at the 2010 Health Care Hero Awards. The annual Health Care Hero Awards, presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, honors those in southeastern Wisconsin who are making a difference on the front lines of health care. These awards recognize excellence, promote innovation, encourage emulation of successful programs, educate the general public, contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care and, ultimately, give recognition to those deserving. (www.biztimes.com/hero)
CSM was nominated for building Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, the "hospital of the future," for our long tradition of community service and for managing health care resources responsibly.
Congratulations to everyone at Columbia St. Mary's! This is an honor we all can be especially proud of as our hard work has paid off and we're successfully transforming health care in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and the surrounding communities.
Click here to read our nomination for the Health Care Hero Awards. And watch for our story in the December 10, 2010, BizTimes Milwaukee publication.
In addition, Ellen Krueger, RN, is being honored with an award in the
nurse category for the exemplary care she provides at St. Ben's Clinic
for the Homeless. St. Ben’s Clinic is a primary care clinic providing
care to the
homeless and those unable to access traditional medical care. Ellen
fills the role of clinic nurse, doing procedures such as blood draws,
educating about disease processes, facilitating medication distribution,
providing immunizations and other procedures and tests. She holds
screenings and health counseling sessions at food pantries, meal
programs and shelters to help those at risk for homelessness decide what
to do about urgent health matters and health care access.
Congratulations Ellen! CSM is proud and fortunate to have you on our team.
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation receives Healthier Wisconsin Grant
The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant to expand the Community-based Chronic Disease Management Project (CCDM), which Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) operates with Dr. Jim Sanders of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Started in 2007, CCDM has reduced major risks from hypertension, diabetes mellitus type II, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking among African-Americans in central-city Milwaukee. Because poverty is a barrier to healthcare access, the project brings care to a place that already serves the vulnerable – a food pantry.
In three years, CCDM has screened 4,831 people for hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol and provided disease management services to 414 patients through low-cost medication, nutrition and education.
Participant surveys have shown that 93% of respondents noticed improvement in their health. Low-cost medications have successfully managed the conditions of 92% of participants with high cholesterol and 83% of participants with diabetes.
Moreover, CCDM has helped 71% of participants reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures by at least 5mmHg – reducing the risk of death by 32%, the risk of heart failure by 56%, the risk of stroke by 44%, and the risk of heart attack by 21%.