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How We Serve

The Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Foundation is committed to bettering the lives of those in our community and of those who come to our facilities for treatment. Your generosity not only helps us improve the quality of care delivered to our patients, but also eliminates traditional barriers to affordable and accessible health care for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Whether we are providing bus tickets so low-income patients can make it to their appointments, easing the financial burden of a cancer patient by paying their rent or bills for a month, or giving away a car seat to a newborn’s family to ensure that our infants get home safely, we are dedicated to the health and dignity of all of our patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

The St. Joseph Foundation's commitment to serving our patients encompasses a number of different and specific service lines – from Cancer Care to Neonatal Intensive Care, you can be assured that 100 percent of your gift is making a direct and meaningful impact to a cause that is important to you.

Our Funding Priorities

For more information about these and other initiatives, please contact Executive Director Shelli Marquardt at 414-447-2009.

Healthy Beginnings Fund

Despite continuing advances in prenatal care, infant mortality continues to be an alarming health care issue in Milwaukee and across the country. 

During the last 20 years, Milwaukee has gone from having one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the nation to one of the highest. St. Joseph is committed to ensuring quality health care for mothers to ensure the best outcomes for their babies. 

Your contribution to the Healthy Beginnings fund helps us address some of the leading causes of infant death in Milwaukee, including premature birth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and unsafe sleep environments. Many of these conditions can be prevented or their outcomes can be improved with a timely investment.

The Healthy Beginnings Fund supports:

  • Prenatal, childbirth and parenting education programs to get women the information and skills they need to have healthy pregnancies and get their babies off to a great start.
  • The Stork’s Nest, providing baby necessities such as car seats, blankets, and clothing that moms-to-be “earn” by participating in prenatal care and parenting classes.
  • The Safe Sleep Program which offers families who can’t afford cribs free playpens, a safe sleep alternative for babies who might otherwise have to share a bed with siblings or be placed in some other risky sleeping.

Sherman Cancer Center

The David M. Sherman Cancer Center offers one of the most comprehensive networks of cancer services in the state. The Center offers advanced treatments, cutting-edge technology and a "synergistic" approach to care to promote the best outcomes. In keeping with our mission to serve the health needs of our community, prevention and early detection are integral parts of our program.

Gifts to the Sherman Cancer Center help us provide services that make a significant difference in a patient’s experience and recovery but that are not often covered by insurance, such as services provided by dietitians, social workers, counselors and chaplains, as well as patient transportation to and from appointments.

Gifts also help us provide equipment and resources to patients to ease the burden of cancer diagnosis and treatment. They also support an innovative breast health community education program that underwrites the cost of screenings and procedures for uninsured, under-insured and undocumented patients who are unable to access other forms of government or community assistance.

Clinical Advancement Fund

St. Joseph’s associates are our most valuable asset and their ongoing professional development is a top priority. Their advancement is achieved through continued access to national and regional seminars, specialized classes, and visiting expert speakers. 

Community Education

The St. Joseph Foundation helps fund a wide range of patient and community education programs. Through workshops, health screenings, classes, and individual counseling, St. Joseph staff share knowledge about disease prevention, healthy lifestyle choices, life-saving techniques, parenting skills, and other topics essential to well-being.

Community Outreach Fund

Provides the building blocks to make our patients and neighbors healthier now and into the future. Makes a difference in the lives of others through health education and community-strengthening projects.

Emergency Department

Supports needed updates for the Emergency Department at St. Joseph and the expanding population it serves to enhance safety, efficiency, and rapid delivery in a dynamic environment. Over 80,000 patients visit our Emergency Department annually.

Hope Fund

Supports direct financial assistance to patients who are struggling as a result of reduced employment capacity in order to meet the demands of their cancer treatment schedules. Oncology case workers identify patients in need of medication assistance, or short-term financial relief with ongoing expenses such as rent, utility bills, or insurance payments.

Neonatal Intensive Care Fund

Delivering more babies than any other hospital in Wisconsin, St. Joseph is known as “the baby hospital.” St. Joseph offers comprehensive care and affords patients the comfort of knowing that if complications arise, the most sophisticated level of care is available. The 54-bed Pettit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit serves over 700 infants each year.

Rehabilitation Services

Your contributions in this area strengthen inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs that help patients regain and maintain their highest levels of functioning after a significant medical event such as surgery or illness. Funds raised help provide those who are uninsured with equipment and therapies that change their lives for the better. 

Prescription Assistance Fund

A key resource in serving the most vulnerable is the Prescription Assistance Fund. Too often, those in need do not have money to pay for their prescriptions. Because their prescriptions go unfilled, the results can be worsening health, additional emergency department visits, and even hospitalization. The Prescription Assistance Fund is available to help patients who have no other resources in receiving the medications they need until they can establish alternative options. 

Women's Outpatient Center Fund

The St. Joseph Women’s Outpatient Center provides preventive and comprehensive care for low-income women and their babies throughout pregnancy, delivery, and early parenting months. But excellent medical care isn’t the only need these women have to ensure healthy outcomes for themselves and their children.

The Women’s Outpatient Center and our Assistance Fund provides financial resources for personal or family needs to expectant and post-partum mothers for whom assistance is not otherwise available. Examples may include transportation, medications, food, help with rent or utility payments, clothing items, and baby items.

Your donation to the Women’s Outpatient Center Assistance Fund is an investment in new families in need, helping them prevent potential health concerns and creating a healthy start for the families’ future.

Additional Commitments

  • Ensuring comprehensive, compassionate services are available to patients of the Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care – David M. Sherman Center, St. Joseph Campus.
  • Investing in a healthy start to life for the over 700 infants who are served each year by the Pettit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
  • Training 6,000 school children annually in life-saving first aid skills.
  • Providing charitable care to our neighbors who are low-income, uninsured, or underinsured.

Ways to Give

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