Saint Michael’s Foundation grants over $20k to health related programs

(Stevens Point, WI) – Saint Michael’s Foundation announces recipients for their second quarter, fiscal year 2014 grant allocations for programs and services that support patients served at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group.  Over $20,000 was granted to support the following programs and services.

Women and Breast Health Booklets
Ministry Breast Care Center, located on the 900 Illinois Avenue campus of Ministry Medical Group and Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, is a multidisciplinary team of providers who have created a vision to care for women with diseases of the breast through a program that is centered on and driven by needs of women. The Breast Care Center focuses on education and screening for early detection to promote best patient outcomes. They received a grant to help supply educational Women and Breast Health Booklets to women in the clinic setting, mammography department, and community educational events.

Creative Caring Hearts Layettes for Women and Infant Center Families
The Women & Infant Center at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital provides family-centered obstetric care. With more than 700 babies born  at Ministry Saint Michael’s each year, the Women & Infant Center understands that no two families are alike and either are their needs. Focusing on offering individualized options and additional support when needed, a grant will go to Creative Caring Hearts, a not-for-profit organization that creates layettes (a collection of newborn clothing ) and other supplies for newborns at the Women and Infant Center and throughout Central Wisconsin. Layettes and other items are distributed to mothers and families experiencing financial or social issues.

Ministry Health Hearing Loops
More than 28 million Americans - about 10% of the population - experience hearing loss. Most can correct the problem with hearing aids which work well in quiet settings but can lose their effectiveness in large, noisy places such as conference centers, concert halls and waiting rooms. Ministry Medical Group Audiology offers complete, comprehensive hearing services and with the help of Saint Michael’s Foundation they will also offer hearing loop technology in the Audiology Department waiting room and physician offices upon request.  A hearing loop is a system that enables hearing aid wearers equipped with a T-coil or Telecoil (a tiny copper wire built inside most hearing aids)  to hear pure amplified sound in public places.

Gas Cards for Patients Traveling More than 60 Miles per Day
The Stevens Point Cancer Center: A partnership between Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, located at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital has been providing cancer care for over a decade. Keeping quality care close to home is important, and for oncology patients whose home is a little further away, the Radiation Oncology Department of Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, with the help of Saint Michael’s Foundation will be able to provide gas cards to patients who travel 60 miles or more for up to 44 days of radiation therapy treatment.

Annual Christmas in Oncology
The Radiation Oncology Department of Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital provides hope and support to patients dealing with cancer through various projects and services. An extension of that support is the Annual Christmas in Oncology. This grant will provide each Oncology patient with a Christmas ornament and treats leading into the Christmas season. 

Medication Cost Relief Program
The daily reality of having to choose between feeding a family or purchasing prescription medication has become an urgent issue in the Stevens Point and surrounding communities. The grant to the Medication Assistance Program of Ministry Medical Group/Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital will help provide emergency assistance to hundreds of patients each year who are unable to afford basic medications, medical supplies and health insurance co-payments.

Since 1989, Saint Michael’s Foundation has supported the health care needs of our community by distributing nearly $3 million to help improve the lives of our patients and their families. Due to the generosity of donors, Saint Michael’s Foundation’s assets are valued at over $4.4 million.

Other programs supported through Saint Michael’s Foundation include; the Angel Fund, Breast Care Center Fund, Cardiac Arrest Survivor Fund, Ministry Dental Center, Homecare/Hospice, Project Embrace ™, Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund and others.

Committed to creating a healthier community, Saint Michael’s Foundation will continue support of current programs as well as look for new health initiatives in 2014.

For more information on other programs and services, or to make a donation, contact Saint Michael’s Foundation, 715.343.3259,  or visit

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