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President's Updates Archive 2013

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

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July 18, 2013
CSM Surgeon Talks with TMJ4 About Breast Cancer

Last night, Columbia St. Mary's surgeon Dr. Alysandra Lal spoke with TMJ4's Courtny Gerrish about the rise in breast cancer among young women.

It's an important story you definitely don't want to miss.

You can check it out HERE.



July 12, 2013
"CBS This Morning" Profiles Inspiring Story of CSM Breast Cancer Patient Amelia Coffaro

This morning, a segment on "CBS This Morning” featured the wonderful and inspiring story of 28-year-old breast cancer patient Amelia Coffaro and the amazing network of support that has blossomed around her both at Columbia St. Mary’s and across the globe.

I think you’ll be touched by her story and thrilled that she, and Columbia St. Mary’s extraordinary cancer program and caregivers, received this national visibility.

You can view the video HERE.



July 9, 2013
CSM’s Urban Church Wellness Program Receives National Award

It’s my pleasure to announce that our parent company, Ascension Health, has named Columbia St. Mary’s Urban Church Wellness program as a recipient of the 2013 Partnership in Ministry Award.

This award recognizes a program that exemplifies four characteristics:

- Encompasses the Mission, Vision and Values of Ascension Health
- Promotes Integration and Networking
- Offers New Dimensions in Care or Service
- Promotes Good Stewardship of Resources

The Urban Church Wellness program is a collaboration between Columbia St. Mary’s and area churches to improve the health of congregants and surrounding communities through health education, screenings and health promotion. Currently, Urban Church Wellness has more than 60 members, including more than 40 churches from the Church of God in Christ of the Northwest Jurisdiction and 32 churches from the Wisconsin Baptist Convention. Several Catholic churches and independent churches also participate

The Partnership in Ministry Award provides $100,000 over two years, which Urban Church Wellness will use to expand into a greater number of churches.

For more information about Columbia St. Mary’s Urban Church Wellness program, please click HERE.


June 10, 2013
The Tradition of Caring Celebration Raised More than $70,000

The second annual Tradition of Caring Celebration, held last week at the River Club of Mequon, raised more than $70,000 for Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center Ozaukee. I wanted to extend a personal thank you to all our sponsors and guests who helped make it such a huge success.

These funds will help strengthen our Ozaukee Cancer Center and increase breast cancer outreach in the Ozaukee community through our Mobile Digital Mammography Center, an invaluable tool in our fight against breast cancer. Columbia St. Mary’s has long delivered the gold standard of breast cancer treatment to Ozaukee County – and thanks to everyone’s immense generosity we’ll be able to bring that care directly to women in need.

Again, thank you.


May 29, 2013
Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee Stroke Program Receives American Heart Association Gold Plus Achievement Award

Congratulations to the Primary Stroke Program at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, which was recently awarded with the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This honor is a national recognition of our commitment to and success in providing the highest quality of care to stroke patients.

The American Heart Association’s Plus Award is “an advanced level of recognition” that is based on compliance with a series of quality measures. "Gold Plus" is the highest level of recognition possible and represents adherence to those quality measures over a period of 24 consecutive months.



May 28, 2013
Linda T. Mellowes “Passion for Patient Care” Award Winners Announced

I'm proud to announce that Anne Putzer, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Columbia St. Mary’s Intensive Care Unit/Acuity Adaptable Unit and Emergency Department, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Linda T. Mellowes “Passion for Patient Care” Award.

David Goines, Community Health Worker/Medical Assistant, and John Voelz, Audiovisual Technical Specialist, both received honorable mention.

The Linda T. Mellowes “Passion for Patient Care” Award was established in 2008 in recognition of Linda Mellowes’ long-time dedication and exceptional service to Columbia St. Mary’s and the community. It’s given each year to an employee or volunteer who exemplifies the mission, core values and “Passion for Patient Care” for which Columbia St. Mary’s is known.

As the winner, Anne will receive a cash award of $2,000 plus up to $1,000 for advanced training or a professional development opportunity. The two honorable mentions, David and John, will receive up to $1,000 for advanced training or professional development.

Click HERE to read more about these three outstanding employees.


May 23, 2013
Volunteer Work of CSM's Dr. Mohammad Fareed Highlighted in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Guy Boulton wrote a nice story in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the great volunteer work Columbia St. Mary’s Dr. Mohammad Fareed is doing at the Muslim Community and Health Center of Wisconsin.

Check out the whole story HERE.



May 21, 2013
Two CSM Physicians Appear on TMJ-4.

Last week, two Columbia St. Mary’s physicians appeared on TMJ-4’s Wisconsin Tonight.

On May 14th, Genetics Counselor Laura Rebek discussed the BRCA gene mutation (“the breast cancer gene") and what women can do to protect themselves and be proactive about their health. Check out the story and video HERE.

Then on May 15th, Pediatrician and Internist Dr. Katherine Burrows spoke about children, the types of toys they play with and what that might foretell about their future. Her segment can be found HERE.



May 10, 2013
Our Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinics Featured in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

I am particularly proud of an article published today in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine that details the profound impact of our Community-based Chronic Disease Management (CCDM) clinics.

CCDM clinics, which are a collaboration between Columbia St. Mary’s and the Medical College of Wisconsin, screen and manage hypertension, diabetes, obesity and smoking. The clinics address barriers to health services for low-income adults who are at risk of developing chronic diseases.

By establishing clinics in nontraditional locations – such as food pantries – and offering screening, referral and management services, low-cost drugs, at-cost diabetic supplies, and preventative education, CCDM clinics contribute to the prevention of chronic disease complications among Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations.

Please read the full article HERE.



May 6, 2013
Our Urban Church Wellness Initiative Featured in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Last week, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a wonderful story about our innovative Urban Church Wellness program.

This partnership between Columbia St. Mary’s and nearly 70 area churches provides vital health screenings and other preventative care to congregants in Milwaukee's central city.

Be sure to check out the full story HERE.


April 24, 2013
A Passion for Fashion Has Highest Fundraising Total in Its History

I am so thrilled to announce that yesterday’s A Passion for Fashion, Fashion Show and Luncheon, presented by the Milwaukee Bucks, raised more than $56,000. That’s the highest fundraising total in the event’s 14-year history.

This record-breaking total would not have been possible without the support of our presenting sponsor, the Milwaukee Bucks, our VIP sponsor, Bruce Paul Goodman, the Fashionable Clothier, all of our supporting sponsors, Accenture, LLP, Robert W. Baird & Co., BMO Harris Bank, Borkowf Borkovec MD, SC, Margaret Brindley, Columbia St. Mary’s Human Resources Division, Concordia University Wisconsin, First Bank Financial, Wisconsin Radiology Specialists, our table hosts and, of course, all of our generous and compassionate guests.

These funds will immediately start helping women all throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Primarily, they will be used to support our Breast Health Programs, a set of preventative and operative healthcare initiatives that touch the lives of as many as 30,000 women each year.

They will also be used to purchase Breast Health Model Kits for our community outreach nurses and parish partners. These kits are an indispensable resource in breast cancer education as they teach women how to perform a self-examination, a vital tool in the early detection of breast cancer.

Again, thank you to everyone who made this event such a rousing success.



April 22, 2013
Urban Church Wellness Welcomes 40 New Members

This past Saturday we held the inaugural Urban Church Wellness celebration and I’m excited to announce that it was a huge success. In all, around 40 pastors and 50 church health liaisons gathered to celebrate all of the initiative’s past accomplishments and welcome the new members.

The Urban Church Wellness initiative started in 2010 as a partnership with the 44 churches of Church of God in Christ (COGIC) under Bishop C.H McClelland. On Saturday we welcomed the 30 churches of the State General Baptist Convention under President and Pastor Garry Levy plus an additional 10 churches of varied denominations. All told, the Urban Church Wellness initiative now boasts 84 churches dedicated to providing health screening and other preventative care to congregants in Milwaukee's central city.

At the celebration, these new pastors signed a covenant agreement to improve the health of their congregants and the community through health education and screenings. The pastors later commissioned a group of 50 church volunteers, called Church Health Liaisons, to work with Columbia St. Mary’s to bring health education and screening activities to the congregations and their surrounding communities. In the past year, the Urban Church Wellness initiative held 15 breast cancer screenings with our Mobile Digital Mammography Coach, 60 diabetes awareness education sessions and 15 cooking classes and screened 4,000 individuals for hypertension.

I’d like personally welcome these new members and thank them for supporting our mission.

For more information on our Urban Church Wellness program, please click HERE.


April 17, 2013
Follow Us on Twitter!

Columbia St. Mary’s is now on Twitter. Whether it’s news stories, new programs, new docs, classes or community events, Twitter is an invaluable tool for keeping the communities we serve informed. Everything you need is right here: @ColumbiaStMarys

If you don't already have an account simply go to and click "Sign up for Twitter.” It’s quick and easy. Then just search for “Columbia St. Mary’s” and click “follow.”

That’s all there is to it.



April 15, 2013
Congratulations to Jim Kacmarcik, the 2013 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award Winner

It’s my distinct pleasure to announce that Jim Kacmarcik, president of Kapco Inc. in Grafton, WI, has been selected as the 2013 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award winner.

Jim is a visionary community leader who understands that there is no single greater reward than giving back to the community, which is why he and Kapco have been known for their philanthropic efforts and charitable events for many years.

Since 2001, Jim has been a loyal supporter of Columbia St. Mary’s, especially its efforts in Ozaukee County. When Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee was undergoing an expansion in 2001, Jim contributed $100,000 to that effort. To honor his gift, the Kacmarcik Family Education Center was named. Jim has also been a dedicated supporter of the annual Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation Gala.

But Jim’s philanthropic efforts in Ozaukee County extend far beyond just Columbia St. Mary’s. Through Kapco Blue, Kapco Inc.’s dedicated philanthropic program, Jim is involved with many charitable initiatives, including the MACC Fund, the Washington County Dive Team, Cedarburg’s Junior Women’s Club, Kids2Kids Christmas, Kapco Kids Day at Summerfest, the Grand Slam Charity Jam, the Kapco Charitable Challenge, One Heartland, Hometown Heroes and Home Court Heroes. These endeavors touch the lives of tens of thousands of people every year.

Daniel and Christopher Doerr initiated the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award in 2002 to honor those who share their passion for the Ozaukee community and best exemplify leadership, commitment to service and an unwavering philanthropic spirit.

Jim’s philanthropic efforts and selflessness are second to none and make him a natural recipient of this award. Jim’s enthusiasm for and commitment to Ozaukee County epitomize the spirit of the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award.

We will present Jim with this award at the Tradition of Caring Celebration on Wednesday, June 5th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the River Club of Mequon (12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr.). To reserve your spot, please click here.



April 11, 2013
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Commits $79,591 to our Mobile Mammography Outreach Project
I’m thrilled to announce that the Southeast Wisconsin affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently committed $79,591 to our Mammography Mobile Outreach Project (MMOP).

Our one-of-a-kind Mobile Digital Mammography Coach travels to communities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and provides free, potentially life-saving mammogram screenings. In addition to the mammograms, the MMOP increases awareness of breast cancer, promotes proactive care and improves breast cancer survival rates through early detection. Each year, the MMOP screens more than 500 women in Milwaukee and Ozaukee County over the age of 40 who otherwise might not get their annual screening.

I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to Susan G. Komen for partnering with us in this most important cause.



March 28, 2013
Columbia College of Nursing to Offer Its First Post-Graduate Degree Program

This fall, Columbia College of Nursing (CCON) will begin offering a Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader degree. This is the first post-graduate degree program offered by CCON.

CCON will become only the fourth school in the state to offer this program. However, at CCON theory classes will be offered one evening per week in eight-week sessions and practicum courses will be offered in 16-week sessions. This schedule will allow students to complete the program in less than 17 months – much faster than at other area schools. Class size is intentionally limited to approximately eight students to maximize student participation and student/faculty interaction.

To learn more about this new program, check out the CCON website.



March 26, 2013
Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Named 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee was named a recipient of a 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Columbia St. Mary’s has always been dedicated to providing the gold standard of cancer care to the people of southeastern Wisconsin. It’s a great honor to receive this national recognition and it’s a testament to the skill and dedication of our entire cancer team.

The Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award was created in 2004 to recognize cancer programs across the country that provide the highest quality of care to patients. Award winners are determined by an on-site evaluation by an independent physician surveyor, who rates the cancer programs in six areas:

1. Cancer Committee Leadership
2. Cancer Data Management
3. Clinical Management
4. Research
5. Community Outreach
6. Quality Improvement



March 12, 2013
CSM Cardiologist Helps Uncover Ancient Heart Disease Breakthrough

Dr. Samuel Wann, a Cardiologist at Columbia St. Mary’s, along with a team of physicians and scientists from around the world, recently discovered a breakthrough on the history and possible causes of heart disease.

Performing whole body CT scans on ancient mummies, the team of researchers was surprised to discover signs of heart disease (hardening of the arteries). These mummies came from a variety of locations, including Egypt, Peru and North America, lived on widely varying diets, and ranged in age from 500 to 4,000 years old. Of the 137 mummies tested, 34 percent showed signs of heart disease.

So, what does this mean, exactly? While heart disease – which is the leading cause of death for both men and women – has generally been believed to be a modern disease, a result of a high-fat diet and a sedentary lifestyle, this new discovery challenges that notion. The researchers concluded that heart disease may be as old as mankind itself, and most likely part of the aging process.

“When you look at these mummies, much of what we think we know about heart disease is wrong, and if you open your eyes we can learn a lot,” said Dr. Wann at a press conference held on Sunday by the American College of Cardiology at their 62nd Annual Scientific Session in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Wann emphasizes, however, that this study is not justification for people to eat unhealthy foods.

“On the one hand, the study shows that we may have less control of this disease than some people would like to think we do,” said Dr. Wann, “but that's all the more reason to control the risk factors that we think we can control.”



February 22, 2013
The "Tony Czerwinski Bowling Buddy Bash" Brought In $8,546

I am proud to announce that last month’s "Tony Czerwinski Bowling Buddy Bash" raised $8,546 for the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic.

The Huiras Clinic, located at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, is a volunteer-based clinic that serves uninsured and under-insured people in Ozaukee County. Each year it treats more than 700 patients.

Last October, we also opened a new Community-based Chronic Disease Management (CCDM) clinic within the Huiras Clinic. This new program, which was funded in part with money raised at last year’s "Bowling Bash," focuses on the treatment of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

All of us at Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation would like to thank everyone who came out and made the 5th Annual "Tony Czerwinski Bowling Buddy Bash" such a great success. We hope to see you next year.



February 19, 2013
The Milwaukee Bucks Have Joined Columbia St. Mary’s In Our Fight Against Breast Cancer

I’m excited to announce the Milwaukee Bucks have partnered with us in our fight against breast cancer. In the coming months we are holding two events that will raise money for Columbia St. Mary’s Breast Health Programs.

On Friday March 15th, the Milwaukee Bucks will host the 20th annual “Bucks Wives Save Lives” auction at BMO Harris Bradley Center during the Bucks vs. Miami Heat game. Bidding will be open pre-game through halftime. This year’s auction will feature “Favorite Things” baskets for each Bucks player, which will include a pair of autographed shoes along with that player’s favorite books, DVDs, restaurant gift cards and much more. Other assorted sports packages will also be available.

On April 23rd, the CSM Foundation, with the Milwaukee Bucks serving as lead sponsor, will host the 14th annual "Passion for Fashion" Luncheon and Fashion Show. This year’s show will once again be held at the historic Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.) and feature women’s fashions from our long-time partner Bruce Paul Goodman, The Fashionable Clothier. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a reception and silent auction and are followed at noon with lunch and a fashion show.

All proceeds from the “Passion for Fashion” Luncheon and Fashion Show and half from the “Bucks Wives Save Lives” auction will benefit Columbia St. Mary’s Breast Health Programs, a vital set of preventative and operative healthcare initiatives that touched the lives of more than 20,000 women this past year alone. To date, we have raised more than $377,000. These funds have gone toward adding state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment to our hospitals and clinics throughout southeastern Wisconsin, increasing mammogram screenings in the community (including Columbia St. Mary’s one-of-a-kind Mobile Digital Mammography Center), among other life-saving projects.

We are grateful for their generous support.  



February 7, 2013
Congratulations to Cynthia Stewart, named a Black Excellence Award winner by The Milwaukee Times

I’m excited to announce that Cynthia Stewart, Diversity Officer and Manager of Language Services, has been selected as a 2013 Black Excellence Award winner by The Milwaukee Times.

Cynthia Stewart has worked for Columbia St. Mary’s since 1986 and has served the hospital system in her current leadership posts since 1997. Overall, she has 25 years of leadership experience in diversity and language services, human resources and communication.

She is an outstanding individual who has personally and professionally influenced our community for many years without fanfare. She has a genuine passion for her work and truly believes that a workplace is of the highest quality when diversity of perspective and ideas help inform the work. Columbia St. Mary’s, our patients, and our community benefit from Stewart’s work, service, leadership and commitment.

Stewart believes that when caregivers really understand the beliefs and values of patients, they can better connect with them and better communicate about both routine and life-and-death decisions. Her strong belief in the power of communication is important in her oversight of interpreters for Columbia St. Mary’s Language Services. Columbia St. Mary’s has a significant need for interpreters, as seen in, for example, our support of Sixteenth Street Community Health Center for inpatient and outpatient services. The most ethnically diverse clinic in Milwaukee, Sixteenth Street serves mainly Hispanic patients, many of whom do not speak English, and a large community of Asian patients who speak languages including Hmong, Vietnamese and Chinese. Columbia St. Mary’s has to meet this great need effectively, and Stewart and her team ensure that we do.

The Black Excellence Award Program, which “honors outstanding local individuals who have personally and professionally influenced their communities without fanfare or due credit,” was started by The Milwaukee Times in 1985. Each year the award is given to people across various categories, including the arts, education, media, public service, religion and health. All winners are nominated by community members.



February 4, 2013
We’re Now Accepting Nominees for the 2013 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award

For more than a century, the Doerr family name has been a significant part of the Ozaukee community. Today, Daniel and Christopher Doerr continue their family’s storied tradition of civic involvement and service. They are recognized for their volunteer leadership and generosity toward the quality of life within our community and for advancing healthcare services at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee.

In 2002, Daniel and Christopher Doerr initiated the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award to honor those who share their passion for the Ozaukee community and best exemplify leadership, commitment to serve others, and an unwavering philanthropic spirit. We are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award.

This award is designed to recognize individuals, families, corporations, foundations, or civic and service organizations that have demonstrated exceptional generosity of time, talents, service and/or financial support of Columbia St. Mary’s and the Ozaukee community. Awardees encourage and motivate others to take similar leadership roles in the community, be of service to others, and to promote philanthropy at the local, regional or national levels.

Awards have been made to sixteen recipients since 2002. No awards were made in 2010 or 2011. Awardees are recognized with an engraved nameplate on a plaque in the Doerr Atrium at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee.

Past awardees:

2002                Edwin Montgomery, MD
2003                Ralph Huiras
2004                Donald A. Levy
2005                Ralph Zaun
2006                Mal Hepburn
2007                William T. Gaus
2008                Libby & Jim Wigdale
2009                Founding members of the combined Columbia St. Mary’s Board of                        Directors: Robert Henkel, Daniel F. McKeithan, Jr., Linda T.                        Mellowes, Patrick T. Regan, M.D., Sister Renee Rose, D.C., The                        Schuler Family on behalf of John F. Shuler, Polly H. Van Dyke
2012                Gary Newman

To nominate someone for the 2013 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award, please click HERE and fill out the nomination form. All forms must be returned no later than March 15, 2013.

A committee of Ozaukee Community leaders will review nominations and announce the 2013 honoree by April 12, 2013. The honoree will then be recognized at the Tradition of Caring Celebration event hosted by Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

For further information on either the Doerr Tradition of Caring award or Celebration event, please contact the CSM Foundation at 414-270-4900.



January 23, 2013
Take Control of your Heart Health

Next month, Columbia St. Mary’s Heart Secrets program is sponsoring two great events for women looking to take control of their heart health.

“Heart Healthy Ladies Night Out” will take place on February 20th at the CSM Milwaukee Concourse and on February 27th at the CSM Ozaukee Atrium. Both programs will run from 6-8 p.m., are free of charge and will feature presentations on women and heart disease, Metabolic syndrome, screenings, exercise, healthy cooking, stress relievers, massage, healthy snacks and more.

To register, please call 414-963-WELL.



January 21, 2013 
Announcing the 2013 A Passion for Fashion Luncheon and Fashion Show

Spring is right around the corner – seriously – and with it will come the 14th annual Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation A Passion for Fashion Luncheon and Fashion Show.

This year’s show is Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the historic Pfister Hotel. And, once again, all women’s fashions will be provided by our long-time partner Bruce Paul Goodman, The Fashionable Clothier. The festivities kick off at 11:00 a.m. with a reception and auction and are followed at noon with lunch and a fashion show. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon – and you’ll be supporting an even greater cause.

The Luncheon and Fashion Show benefits Columbia St. Mary’s Breast Health Programs, a vital set of preventative and operative healthcare initiatives that touched the lives of more than 20,000 women this past year alone. To date, we have raised more than $377,000.

While still a few months away, it’s never too early to reserve your spot. Please click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

I hope to see you there.



January 15, 2013
Get Ready for the 5th Annual Tony "AJ" Czerwinski Bowling Buddy Fundraiser

On January 26th, we will be hosting the 5th annual Tony "AJ" Czerwinski Bowling Buddy Fundraiser.

This fun-filled event honors the life of Tony "AJ" Czerwinski and raises money for the Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic. Because of your support and generosity, we have raised more than $30,000 and helped numerous individuals within our community. We would like to thank you for your support and encourage you to join us for another year of fun, laughs, dinner and, of course, raffles.

The Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic is located at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon and serves over 700 uninsured and under-insured residents per year. Don't miss this opportunity to become part of this warm and giving event.

Get your team together and join us! Don't have a team? Don't worry, there is plenty of room. Not a Bowler? That's okay. Come out and celebrate Tony's memory with us.

When: Saturday January 26th
Registration begins at 11 a.m. Bowling begins promptly at noon
Where: Circle B Recreation Center (Hwy. 60)
Cost: $20 per bowler - includes 3 games of bowling, shoes and a dinner catered by Ferrante's

Please RSVP to Mary Czerwinski at 262-689-9391 or by January 22nd to reserve your lane. If you cannot bowl and would like to make a contribution to the Huiras Clinic, you can make a check payable to Columbia St. Mary's Foundation and please mail to Carla Cowie at 2104 Chateau Ct., Grafton, WI 53024.



January 14, 2013
Two Recent News Stories Highlight Columbia St. Mary’s Successes

I wanted to point out two recent news stories that detail some of our recent successes.

A couple months back The Business Journal ran an article hailing Columbia St. Mary’s as “southeastern Wisconsin’s most efficient hospital system in 2011.”

“Columbia St. Mary’s showed the biggest in its efficiency as measured against the southeast Wisconsin community average,” the story says.

You can read that story here

Then last week The Business Journal ran another story detailing our recent financial turnaround. The article talks about how we’ve lowered costs, improved efficiency in our supply chain and ended Fiscal Year 2012 with $36 million in operating income.

“Columbia St. Mary’s joins two other Milwaukee-area hospital systems that also posted operating income increases,” the article says.

You can read the full story here.



January 8, 2013
How New IRA Charitable Rollover Rules Affects Your Giving

On January 1, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

The legislation extends the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2012 and 2013. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals over age 70½ to directly transfer up to $100,000 per year from an IRA account to one or more charities. This transfer counts toward the required minimum distribution (RMD) rule for IRA accounts.

Special Rules for 2012 Charitable Gifts: Since 2012 has already closed, the Act includes two special provisions to allow for 2012 gifts:

1) Any qualified distributions made in January directly to charities from IRA accounts will be deemed to have been completed on December 31, 2012, if the taxpayer so chooses.

2) Individuals who took outright distributions from their IRA accounts in December of 2012 can transfer up to $100,000 of that amount to charities (subject to the rules governing Charitable IRA Rollovers) and elect to treat it as a direct distribution to charity in 2012


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