As part of our Mission of providing exceptional and compassionate care, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has always had a special concern for those living in poverty.
- Angel of Hope Clinic: St. Francis Hospital provides support for this free health clinic housed in a homeless shelter on Milwaukee’s south side. Nurse practitioners handle more than 3,000 visits each year including management of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
- Wheaton Franciscan – Family Care Center: The Family Care Center serves more than 8,000 patients annually in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Family Medicine residency program. In 2012 the center moved to a new facility on the same property on Milwaukee’s north side, serving a diverse and underserved population.
Recognized as a Level 3 (top) Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Family Care Center consistently receives national awards for innovative programs in health maintenance and immunizations.
The Family Care Center is also active in the community with its Community Health & Wellness program. Seeds of Hope is an onsite Education Garden used to promote healthy eating with the goal of reducing obesity. Students from area schools visit in spring to help plant the garden and return in fall to pick the vegetables, make a recipe with the produce, and sample their fine work. Some students tell us this is the first time they have eaten fresh produce. Cooking classes and education on the benefits of healthy eating are also offered.
- Su Salud is a bilingual prevention program educating Spanish-speaking Latinas in a culturally appropriate manner on breast health and prevention of breast cancer. The program pairs an RN breast care coordinator with a Hispanic lay health educator or cultural companion to give Latinas brief presentations on breast health. The Foundation also provides mammograms to women who cannot afford them.
- Stork’s Nest: In cooperation with the March of Dimes®, the Stork’s Nest program at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph and the Family Care Center provides incentives, education, and encouragement for low-income, high-risk women to keep prenatal care appointments, a critical factor for helping babies get a healthy start in life.
- Parish nursing: Registered nurses with specialized education reach out to low-income neighborhoods in Racine County lacking basic health resources and information. Parish nurses provide educational outreach on health-related topics of interest, as well as primary care services such as blood pressure checks and weight management.
- Hope Fund at All Saints and Elmbrook Memorial: This fund helps to alleviate the financial burden of cancer for newly diagnosed patients who may be forced to decide between taking time off work to receive medical treatments and continuing to work to put food on the table and pay rent and utilities. The Hope Fund was established to help with basic living expenses so no cancer patient has to make this type of decision.
- Fresh Start program: A unique partnership with the Racine Unified School District helps grade school children with adjustment difficulties to develop positive behaviors, receive proper medications, and find family-centered support. The goal is a return to the traditional classroom, continued appropriate behaviors, and academic success in a mainstream setting.
- Mother Angela Fund at Franklin and St. Francis: This fund provides emergency financial assistance for the medical needs of patients in crisis. Uninsured or low-income patients are identified by social workers for pharmaceutical, food, medical expenses, or transportation assistance. The fund provides a safety net for patients with no other resources, particularly when being discharged from the hospital.
- Safe Place for Newborns™ program: Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph provides the state headquarters for this program, which supports the Safe Haven Law. Under the state law, any parent is allowed to relinquish a newborn infant up to 72 hours old to any firefighter, police officer, EMT, or hospital staff member. Since the law was enacted in 2001, 26 babies have been relinquished at St. Joseph.
- Dream A Little DreamSM: This special program gives our residents with unique and sometimes life-limiting challenges an opportunity to fulfill a special wish or life-long dream. Whether it’s a fishing trip or dinner and a concert with family, donations help to make the lives of our patients and residents a little brighter.
- Adopt a Room at Franciscan Woods and the Terrace at St. Francis: This program allows donors to provide new decorating for a more home-like environment for our long-term care and transitional care residents, promoting comfort and encouraging healing. Learn how to donate.
- Community Care: Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare offers a charity care program known as Community Care that assists qualified individuals in financial need. In fiscal 2010 in Southeast Wisconsin, we provided $16.8 million in charity care, which is based on the actual cost of providing that care. Click here to see our entire policy or learn more about those helped.
- St. Joseph 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 care, resulting in improved birth weights and reduced prematurity and infant mortality. The Center also offers life-saving gynecological screenings for breast, cervical, and other reproductive system cancers.
- All Saints Mother Clara Healthy Connections clinic has served the poor in the Racine community since 2006. The clinic is run by a registered nurse who sees patients who have been referred for further education and support based on their health care needs such as prenatal care, hypertension, diabetes, and smoking cessation.
- Phenomenal Women. 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.