Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation

History of the Foundation

In 1979, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother identified a growing need for health care services for underserved members of northern Wisconsin communities. They addressed these needs with a vision of supporting health care needs at the hospital and in the community. With the help of community leaders that vision became the Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation.

Today, over 25 years later, the Foundation continues to play a vital role in ensuring that the health care needs of our communities are met completely. Generous contributions and support from donors enables the Foundation to help fund programs such as Family Resources Connection, the James Beck Cancer Center, Springer Health Access Program and more.

Other programs supported by the Foundation include Family Resource Connection, Palliative Care Coordination, Home Health and Hospice (Ministry Home Care) and Dental Sealout Program.

How to Contribute

Your gift to the SMH Foundation paves the way for quality, compassionate health care for future generations. Giving can be made:

  • To honor or in memory of a loved one,
  • Through general contributions,
  • Through restricted contributions for a specific project or program, or
  • Second Century Endowment and Bequests.

Foundation Contact


Jesse Bolder
Director, Saint Mary's Hospital Foundation
Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital
2251 North Shore Drive
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501


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