Providing Exceptional and Compassionate Health Care to All
At Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus, we are committed to following the example of St. Francis of Assisi who taught us to reach out to our community to console, comfort, and heal. And we do so with an unwavering spirit of compassion. Every day we witness firsthand the growing needs of the underserved, the sick, and the elderly in the communities we serve.
We are committed to meeting those needs through a number of programs. In fact, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s total benefit to the community in fiscal year 2010 was $148.4 million including $29.3 in charity care (actual cost of providing that care). Click here
to read the 2011 Annual Report.
Services for the underserved at St. Joseph Campus
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare offers a charity care program called Community Care to assist qualified individuals in financial need. If you receive medically necessary care and show financial need but do not qualify. See our entire policy.
To read more about how our Community Care program helped Olga Torres when she learned she had stage four colon cancer after severe abdominal pain brought her to our Emergency Department, click here.
Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus Family Care Center
The Family Care Center provides a warm, professional, multicultural atmosphere in an economically challenged area of Milwaukee. The rapport established between the community and the care providers results in better compliance with appointments and medication, improved diagnosis and management of chronic conditions, and reduced reliance on the St. Joseph Emergency Department for routine matters.
This breast health program, funded in part by the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, works to educate low-income African American women about breast cancer and the importance of consistent breast health care. It also helps remove barriers to mammograms and clinical breast exams and provides navigation services to African American women to get mammograms.
Women’s Outpatient Center
The Women’s Outpatient Center offers care for low-income women and their babies throughout pregnancy, delivery, and early parenting months. Mothers-to-be with no other resources receive top-notch pre- and post-pregnancy care through the center, resulting in improved birth weights and reductions in infant mortality. Additionally, other women receive life-saving gynecological screenings for breast, cervical, and other reproductive system cancers. To learn how the Women’s Outpatient Center made a difference for Alison Krings, click here.
In cooperation with the March of Dimes®, the Stork’s Nest program provides incentives, education, and encouragement for low-income, high-risk women to keep prenatal care appointments, a critical factor for helping babies to get a healthy start in life.
Safe Place for Newborns™ Program
The headquarters of this statewide program was relocated to Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus in January 2010. The program, established in 2001 following the enactment of the Safe Haven Law, allows any parent to relinquish a newborn infant up to 72 hours old to any firefighter, police officer, EMT, or hospital staff member.
Baby Safe Sleep Program
The Baby Safe Sleep program, which is funded entirely by the St. Joseph Foundation, addresses one of the key causes of infant mortality – unsafe sleep environments. Under the program, we provide education to new parents about the importance of a dedicated sleep space for their baby. We also provide free Pack ‘N Play playpens and Halo sleepers to babies born to low-income mothers at St. Joseph.
Partners with our community
St. Joseph is an active participant in local community programs and associations including:
Burleigh Business Improvement District
Burleigh Street Community Development Corporation
Congregation Beth Jehudah
Hmong American Friendship Organization
Interfaith Older Adult Programs
Mary Ryan Legacy Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation
Parklawn Assembly of God
Rosalie Manor Community and Family Services
St. Catherine Elementary School
Sherman Multicultural Elementary School
Sherman Park Association of Religious Communities
Sherman Park Community Association
Washington High School
Wauwatosa Elementary School District
Wauwatosa Historical Society
Yeshiva Elementary School
Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Together we are working to improve our neighborhoods and community as a whole.