Mission, Vision, Values & Heritage

Our Mission
Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually-centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words. 

Our Vision
We envision a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States which will lead to the transformation of healthcare. We will ensure service that is committed to health and well-being for our communities and that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle. We will expand the role of the laity, in both leadership and sponsorship, to ensure a Catholic health ministry of the future.

Our Values
Our Values guide our actions:

  • Service of the Poor - Generosity of spirit, especially for the persons most in need

  • Reverence - Respect and compassion for the dignity of diversity of life

  • Integrity - Inspiring trust through personal leadership

  • Wisdom - Integrated excellence and stewardship

  • Creativity - Courageous innovation

  • Dedication - Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry

Heritage
Columbia St. Mary’s has a distinguished tradition of providing quality, compassionate healthcare to southeastern Wisconsin for more than 165 years.

In 1848, St. Mary’s Hospital – the state’s first private hospital, was founded by the Daughters of Charity in response to identified community needs. In 1909, a small group of physicians and community leaders founded Columbia Hospital to provide additional patient care and encourage medical research and education.Joining together as Columbia St. Mary’s in 1995, the team of staff and physicians consist of the finest medical experts – many of whom are considered to be pioneers and visionaries in their field.

Today, Columbia St. Mary’s is a ministry sponsored by Ascension Health – the nation’s largest Catholic health system and nonprofit organization.

At Columbia St. Mary’s, we have always placed the needs of those we serve as our highest priority and as such, have earned a reputation for providing state-of-the-art medical care in a person centered, healing environment. With our Mission, Vision and Values guiding our efforts, we will fulfill our promise to those we serve by delivering the Ascension Healthcare Strategic Direction of Healthcare That Works, Healthcare That Is Safe, and Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind, for life.

 


 

 About Ascension Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Ascension operates 24 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ more than 23,500 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided more than $230 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Wisconsin since 1848, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org/wisconsin.

 

About Ascension

Ascension (ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

 

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