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

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.


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