Hospital Philanthropy - St. Joseph - Ascension Wisconsin

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In the Community

Providing Exceptional, 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 first hand the growing needs of the underserved, the sick and the elderly in the communities we serve.

Services for the Underserved

Community Care

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, learn more about Community Care.

Patient Story

Learn how Community Care helped Olga Torres after she visited our Emergency Department with severe abdominal pain. Read Olga's story.

Phenomenal Women

Phenomenal Women is a breast health program, funded in part by the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, that helps 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 women.

Women's Outpatient Center

The Women’s Outpatient Center offers care for low-income women and their babies throughout their pregnancy and after delivery. 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, gynecologic services are also available, including life-saving screenings for breast, cervical and other reproductive system cancers.

Patient Story

Learn how the Women’s Outpatient Center made a difference for Alison Krings and her pregnancy. Read Alison's story.

Stork's Nest

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.

Watch this video about the Stork's Nest program, available at the Women's Outpatient and Family Care Centers.

Safe Place for Newborns™ Program

St. Joseph Campus serves as the headquarters of the statewide Safe Place for Newborns program, which allows any parent to relinquish a newborn infant up to 72 hours old to any firefighter, police officer, EMT or hospital staff member. The Safe Place program was established in 2001 following the enactment of the Safe Haven Law.

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

We are an active participant in local community programs, associations and activities, including but not limited to:

  • Brain Brawn & Body
  • Burleigh Business Improvement District
  • Burleigh Street Community Development Corporation
  • City of Milwaukee Health Department
  • Common Ground
  • Congregation Beth Jehudah
  • Interfaith Older Adult Programs
  • Mary Ryan Legacy Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation
  • Parklawn Assembly of God
  • Rosalie Manner Community and Family Services
  • St. Catherine Elementary School
  • SET Ministry
  • Sherman Park Association of Religious Communities
  • Sherman Park Community Association
  • Wauwatosa Historical Society
  • Yeshiva Elementary School
  • Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Learn more about Wheaton's community impact in our Annual Report.

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