President's Updates Archives 2012

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President's Updates Archive 2012

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

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November 14, 2012
Columbia St. Mary’s Receives Grant from The Medical College of Wisconsin

I’m pleased to announce that Columbia St. Mary’s has been awarded a $199,101 grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP).

These funds will support an innovative new project called “Access to Prenatal Oral Healthcare: Strategies and Sustainability.” This two-year program, which will involve the Medical College of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic and other community collaborators, will establish vital oral health services for pregnant African-American and Hispanic women in Milwaukee. Evidence indicates that poor oral health may have a strong correlation to poor birth outcomes. This program will provide much needed research to determine the exact extent of that connection.

Oral disease is a major health issue, especially among the impoverished. The United States Surgeon General has identified a “silent epidemic of oral diseases” among the poor in racial and ethnic minority groups. Among women of reproductive age, the rate of oral disease and adult periodontal infection is approaching 40 percent.

This issue is of particularly great interest in the City of Milwaukee, where infant mortality among minorities is a public health crisis. In 2009, the Milwaukee infant mortality rate was 11.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, with the African-American rate at 14.7 – more than double the rate for Caucasians – and the Hispanic rate at 8.8.

Please check back here for future updates on this life-saving program.


November 6, 2012
Congratulations to Columbia St. Mary’s Health Care Heroes

BizTimes Milwaukee announced its 2012 Health Care Heroes last week. Among the 17 individuals honored, three were from Columbia St. Mary’s.

Please join us in congratulating Bill Solberg, director of community services, Peggy Lohr, registered nurse at the Regional Burn Center, and Mary Czerwinski and family for their support of the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic in honor of her late brother, Anthony Czwerwinski.

Selected by a panel of judges in the health care industry, these annual awards “salute people and organizations who are making a positive difference on the front lines of health care.” For the full list, click here. The winners will also be profiled in the December 17th edition of the BizTimes Milwaukee.

On Friday, December 14th, at 7:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wauwatosa, there will be a special breakfast to honor the winners. This event is open to the public. To register to attend, visit

Again, congratulations to all the health care heroes.

October 17, 2012
The New Ozaukee Cancer Center Is Now Open

After many months of fundraising, planning and construction, I am thrilled to announce that the new Cancer Center at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee is now open.

Over the last three years, the number of patient visits for cancer treatment at CSM Ozaukee has grown 146 percent, from 3,343 patient visits in Fiscal Year 09 to 8,210 patient visits in Fiscal Year 12. This center was designed and created as a direct response to that significant increase in patient demand.

Construction began on the $275,000 project in June 2012. A significant portion of the funds were provided by Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation. Our approach to cancer care is simple; from the moment a patient is diagnosed with cancer they are a survivor. It’s that comprehensive, compassionate, high standard of care that sets us apart in the community and which our donors are extremely proud to support.

The new 8,200 sq. ft. Cancer Center, located on the hospital’s second floor in the former Intensive Care Unit, doubles the size of the current unit. Designed with input from Columbia St. Mary's patients, oncologists, nurses, and full cancer team, the new center a modern unit designed for modern care, including increased space for both oral and infusion chemotherapies.

The five private exam rooms are equipped with full digital technology, providing patients access to their electronic health records and allowing physicians to use these new tools to help their patients better understand their treatment plan. For those receiving traditional chemotherapy infusions, the Cancer Center offers complimentary iPads with an assortment of entertainment options for long treatment sessions.

For more than 70 years, Columbia St. Mary’s has been dedicated to caring for the people of Ozaukee County. With the opening of this new Cancer Center, we are reaffirming our commitment to that community.



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