President's Updates Archive 2010

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President's Updates Archive 2010

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

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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!  

December 9, 2010
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:

  • Artwork to create a comfortable, soothing environment for patients in the CSM Cancer Center.
  • Sponsorship of the World Burn Congress convention – a place for burn survivors, their families, care givers, burn care professionals and firefighters to share stories, provide support and increase knowledge of burn recovery.

Make a positive Community Impact through:

  • Hydroxyprogesterone injections to prevent premature labor in uninsured women with high-risk pregnancies.
  • Mammography screening for uninsured women.

Provide access to continuing Education through:

  • Midwest Regional Burn Conference registrations for CSM’s Regional Burn Center nurses and dieticians,
  • Training and certification for a substance abuse counselor.


November 24, 2010
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. (

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. 

November 2010
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%. 



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