In 1995, Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley affiliated with Ministry Health Care, a values-driven health care delivery network. “In some ways, it’s hard to believe that it has been 15 years,” says Cindy Eichman, who has been president of OLVH since 1995. “At the time of our affiliation, we were struggling financially. Ministry Health Care was the first step in assuring long term access to health care in our service area. The second was the initiation of the federal Critical Access Hospital designation program. With Ministry’s help, we applied for and received this important designation. Once this designation was received we were able to make the necessary plans for building the new facility which we opened in 2003.
“The affiliation with Ministry has not only allowed us to survive, but to thrive. In the last 15 years, we have truly been able to enhance the services we provide to the rural communities in our area. We are celebrating this day with a summer picnic August 6 for our employees, our medical staff, our OLV Partners and other volunteers,” said Eichman.
That date also marks the first day of a new service for hospital outpatients and visitors – free coffee! Eichman said that the OLV Partners are covering the cost of a new public kiosk with coffee in the hospital Atrium.
History of MOLVH and VMG
Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital (MOLVH) in Stanley, Wisconsin was founded in 1919 through community donations to meet the health care needs of Stanley and the surrounding area. The region was and continues to be primarily rural and agricultural.
Stanley was mapped in 1881 and became a village in 1895 and a city in 1898. After the decline of logging, agriculture, particularly dairy farming, became important. Nearby Thorp was founded in 1870 with land for timber; the abundant pines and hardwoods were the base of the areas first industries, including shingles, barrel staves, and charcoal.
The hospital is led by Cynthia Eichman who has served as president since 1995. She came to MOLVH having previously served as president of Dr. Kate Center, Inc., a prior division of Howard Young Health Care before it affiliated with Ministry.
Services at MOLVH include medical/surgical inpatient care, Medicare skilled services (Swing Bed), inpatient/outpatient surgery, emergency care, urgent care, diagnostic imaging, respiratory care, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dialysis services (provided through MSJH Dialysis), sleep diagnostic services and newly expanded specialty services through a TeleHealth grant with the Marshfield Clinic.
As a critical access hospital with a new facility and state-of-the-art equipment, OLVH offers a new standard of health care to residents of Stanley and surrounding communities.
Victory Medical Group (VMG) operates three clinic locations as hospital based rural health clinics of MOLVH. Each clinic site provides complete primary care services for acute and chronic conditions. Patients range from infants to older adults, including newborn, well baby, pediatric, adult and geriatric care, and women's health. VMG offices are located in Stanley (adjacent to the hospital), Owen, and Thorp.
The Owen Clinic moved into a new 3,500-square-foot building in 2005. The new clinic, located on Johnson St. in the Owen East Side Development Park, was the result of a collaborative effort between OLVH, the City of Owen and Ministry Health Care.
About Ministry Health Care
Keeping patients first is the every day goal for the over 11,500 employees of Ministry Health Care. Founded over 120 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to meet the health care needs of communities in the region, Ministry now sponsors 15 hospitals and over 40 clinics in communities throughout central and northern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.
The system provides primary and specialty medical services, as well as hospital, home health care, hospice, long-term care and dialysis services.
Ministry’s mission as a Catholic health care system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities it serves.
Ministry Health Care is comprised of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With more than 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services.
In addition, Ministry’s 15 hospitals include Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill, Ministry Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander, Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls, Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital in Eagle River, and Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha, Minn.
The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, who have sponsored health care in the region for nearly 120 years, founded Ministry Health Care in 1984. Ministry’s mission as a Catholic health care system is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve.