Your support of our Annual Fund will assist in funding hospice, bereavement and wellness programs, as well as providing additional funding for our highest priority facility projects.
Terminally ill patients receive comfort and care from our program. Hospice allows our patients to die with dignity, and provides their families and friends the support they need to help cope and thrive during a difficult time. In hospice, care is provided in a patient’s home. The familiar surroundings of home provide comfort to patients and their families. Our hospice team cares for patients throughout 11 counties in northwestern Wisconsin.
Bereavement services are designed to support those grieving the death of a loved one. Currently, bereavement services are offered to families of hospice patients. However, we have identified the need to increase bereavement programming to serve the entire community. We are not compensated for these additional bereavement services, so your support is critical. Our programming offers both individual and group support; events that incorporate the creative arts, such as music and art therapy; special events for children and families; and more. Our services are available to all who are grieving, regardless of whether or not their loved one was our hospice patient. Together, we can work through a difficult life transition.
The Community Engagement and Wellness Department supports and hosts a variety of free or low-cost wellness events and programs to build healthier communities throughout the entire region. Last year, the department provided over 200 wellness-based programs and screenings. It costs over $350,000 annually to provide these programs and screenings. Your support of community engagement and wellness keeps our programming costs free or minimal, and help us make a bigger impact.
Family Medicine Residency Program
Having timely access to medical care is critical for our communities. It is estimated we need 100 new physicians annually to keep pace with demand in Wisconsin, but there are not enough family medicine residency programs to meet the demand. In 2017, we are launching the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program to prepare outstanding family physicians to master both the science and the art of medicine. History tells us that residents typically choose to work in or near the location in which they train. This program will help us serve our patients with more Mayo Clinic-trained family medicine physicians. With your help, we will ensure people have access to quality care throughout northwest Wisconsin when they need it.
Local Facility Projects
Your support provides funding for our highest priority facility renovations and additions. Gifts to the Annual Fund help complete facility renovations. Your support is always needed.