From Breaking Ground to Groundbreaking Care

As the Wausau community has grown, we’ve been proud to grow right along with it, always finding new ways to treat you better.


Treating you better means:

Reputation and Quality

In the few years since opening, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital has earned recognition from prestigious organizations for advances in quality, efficiency and technology. Ministry Saint Clare’s is:

  • One of five hospitals nationwide to receive the top honor given by the American Heart Association in 2010, the Mission Lifeline: Silver Achievement Award, which recognizes superior outcomes in the treatment of heart attack patients
  • Recipient of the ACTION Registry – GWTG: Silver (2009) and Gold (2010) Achievement Award from the American Heart Association
  • Among the Nation’s Highest Value Hospitals (The Leapfrog Group)
  • One of America’s 100 “Most Wired” Hospitals for uses of digital information technology (Hospitals & Health Networks magazine)
  • Ranked as “Above Top 10%”: “Why not the Best” list of America’s hospitals for overall quality (Commonwealth Fund)
  • 96th Percentile among national hospitals (Health Insight)
  • Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association for Respiratory Care
  • An Accredited Chest Pain Center (Society of Chest Pain Centers)
  • A Level III Trauma Center: Verified by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
  • Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care®: BlueCross BlueShield Association (Hip and Knee Replacement, 2010)
Investing in excellence

We believe in building for the future by adding new capabilities and technologies. Innovations at Ministry Saint Clare's include:

  • Advanced ICU monitoring practices
  • Dedicated 24/7 Spirit Medical Transportation Services
  • VeinViewer — revolutionary imaging tool provides a view of veins and blood vessels directly on the surface of patient’s skin, for easier IV and needle placement
  • First area hospital to offer innovative Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ System to preserve bone and joint stability for young, active patients
  • The Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital is one of a few in the nation to use the Impella 2.5 — a tiny heart pump for preventative use during non-emergency, high-risk coronary intervention procedures.
  • The Emergency Department MEDHOST tracking system continuously monitors patients to improve safety, reduce wait times and streamline patient care.
Focused on Patients

Hospital stays are more than medical events. Making stays comfortable and special for patients and their families is a responsibility that Ministry Saint Clare’s raises to the level of an art.  As a forward-thinking organization, the management and staff of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital is constantly focused on improvement in all areas.

  • Making cleanliness a top priority
  • Achieving shorter patient stays
  • Reducing patient recovery times
  • Improving speed of response
  • Ensuring round-the-clock coverage
  • State-of-the-art medication safety procedures
  • Providing comfort to patients and visitors


Major milestones:

Oct. 4, 2005
First day of patient care


Oct. 5, 2005
First baby delivery


Dec. 8, 2006
500th birth


Oct. 18, 2006
Heart surgery program launched


July 27, 2007
100th open-heart surgery performed


May 1, 2009
Dedicated paramedic intercept service launched


Dec. 18, 2009
500th heart surgery performed


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