New Columbia St. Mary's Foundation Established; Board Elected

Friday, August 04, 2006

Milwaukee, Wis., July 21, 2006— Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) rich history in our community reached another benchmark as the newly formed Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation elected its first Board of Directors in late June. As of June 1, 2006, has a rich history of philanthropy from three dedicated groupsthree formerly independent foundations – Columbia Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee Foundation and St. Mary’s Foundation Ozaukee – merged to become one single foundation working on behalf of Columbia St. Mary's hospitals, clinics and medical programs.

The new foundation was formed to raise funds for CSM’s “Beyond Medicine” building project which includes expansion of the CSM Ozaukee Campus and consolidating two aging east-side hospitals into one, new state-of-the-art facility on Milwaukee’s east side. The Foundation’s directors are further entrusted to advance CSM’s mission through raising and granting funds for the key priorities of medical excellence, care of the vulnerable populations and continuing education programs.

Officers and directors of the new Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation for 2006-07 are: Michael M. Grebe (Chairman), Jill Pelisek (Vice Chairman), Mary Brown (Secretary), Bruce McDonald (Treasurer and Finance chair), Donald Levy (Audit chair), Daniel F. “Jack” McKeithan, Jr. (Board Development chair), Susan Pfeifer (Special Events chair), Richard Ruvin (Philanthropy and Allocation chair), Lisa A. Froemming (President/CEO); and Jonathan Berkoff, MD, Kathryn M. Burke, Jeff Cameron, MD, Margadette Demet, George Kaiser, Edwin Montgomery, MD, Lynn Nicholas, Randall Perry, C. James Rater, MD, Joseph A. Schlidt, Jane Schroeder, Sr. Marsha Tierney, DC, Richard Uihlein, and Thomas Zabjek.

“I am proud to serve on a Board with such a dedicated and impressive group of individuals that has a true focus on contributing to the community and advancing the vision of Columbia St. Mary’s to transform medicine,” said Michael Grebe, new Chairman of the Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation Board of Directors.

“The advantages of presenting a single, coordinated face to the community drove the merger of the foundations,” said Lisa Froemming, CSM Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the new foundation’s President and CEO. “The gifts of our volunteer board of directors and of countless donors make our work possible. We are grateful for all of the support that we receive.”

Last year, more than 5,600 donors touched thousands of lives through their support of Columbia St. Mary’s. Some programs funded this year include:

  • Emergency and restorative dental care for the indigent at Madre Angela Dental Clinic
  • Dental sealants for inner city children MRI breast coil for breast biopsy
  • Founding of Huiras Center for adolescents suffering from substance abuse
  • MRI breast coil for breast biopsy
  • A labor tub for expectant mothers
  • Wireless EKG systems for emergency medical service vehicles
  • Free pediatric health screenings
  • Scholarships for students at Columbia College of Nursing
  • Support of free community clinics including St. Ben’s Clinic for the Homeless, Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Free Clinic and El Centro de Salud

Gifts to Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation support advances in medical excellence, education and care of the vulnerable in the Columbia St. Mary’s system and through outreach programs to the community. The Columbia St. Mary’s system comprises four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Campus, Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute; 28 primary care clinics; six free community clinics; Columbia College of Nursing; two urgent care centers and a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 157 years of service. Columbia St. Mary’s and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.


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