When you've just been given devastating news about your health, you shouldn't have to worry about what to do next.

You should be surrounded by everyone and everything you need to move quickly from fear to hope. The hope that you can get your life back. 

That's why we're building a new Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital.

But our goal isn't to build a new facility. Our goal is to provide hope, love, support, and unparalleled care for our family, friends, and neighbors as they deal with breast care issues.

Kim Hodgson / Campaign Co-Chair / Breast Cancer Survivor Since 2012

Kim Hodgson / Campaign Co-Chair / Breast Cancer Survivor Since 2012

Fear can be crippling.

It takes over your thoughts, turning you inward and pulling you away from the people you need most. When you get an abnormal mammogram, fear takes hold. It starts as concern, but the longer it takes to get a diagnosis, to get answers to all of the questions that start forming in your mind almost immediately, the more your concern turns into fear.

That period of not knowing is excruciating, and for Cindy Kinsella, it lasted an entire month. On top of that, when the diagnosis finally came, it was left on her voicemail.

“You have cancer.” Click.

 
Cindy Kinsella / Campaign Co-Chair / Breast Cancer Survivor Since 2008

Cindy Kinsella / Campaign Co-Chair / Breast Cancer Survivor Since 2008

When Cindy received her diagnosis eight years ago, she and her husband Joe were left on their own to deal with the emotional fallout. They had no one to turn to with questions, and no idea what to do next. Joe worked diligently to coordinate care for Cindy. They travelled all over the area, from Marshfield to Wausau to Weston. It was six weeks before Cindy finally had her surgery and started chemotherapy. Cindy and Joe struggled through almost two months of worry and fear.

 

 

That’s not how healthcare is supposed to work. Even though Cindy and Joe ultimately found great providers, the process they had to go through was broken. It was too slow, and needlessly difficult to navigate. Patients shouldn’t have to deal with a process like that.

Stories like Cindy’s are the motivation behind our patient-centered philosophy of care at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital. We work relentlessly to improve our ability to put patients first, offering the best possible care right here in our own community. That patient-centered philosophy drove us to dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to go from an abnormal mammogram to a final diagnosis. It used to take an average of twenty-eight days. Now we do it in less than seven. 

But there’s more to be done. Our next step is to construct a new Breast Care Center. Why? Because our current building presents an obstacle to delivering the kind of care our community needs and deserves.

Our hospital is structured in a way that makes breast care patients move from floor to floor and from department to department at a time when they feel the most vulnerable. The new Breast Care Center will eliminate that by bringing everything a patient needs, all the essential resources for quality breast care, into one central location. The new Breast Care Center will feature exam rooms, minor procedural rooms, a private family consultation space, and a community education room. The center will also feature a boutique where patients can get personalized fittings for mastectomy bras, swimsuits, wigs, and prostheses. 

Architect's rendering of the new Breast Care Center's lobby.

Architect's rendering of the new Breast Care Center's lobby.

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The Breast Care Center is the final phase of a three-phase campus revitalization project at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital that’s renovating and expanding space to continue to bring quality, innovative health care to our community.

The Breast Care Center is the final phase of a three-phase campus revitalization project at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital that’s renovating and expanding space to continue to bring quality, innovative health care to our community.

Our goal with the new Breast Care Center is to create a physical environment that feels warm and welcoming, not cold and clinical.

A place where people with breast care needs can feel safe instead of exposed. A place where our passionate caregivers can work more efficiently, respond instantly to patient needs, and provide an enhanced level of personal attention. A place where families can stay connected and get the support they need. The design of the new Breast Care Center is the physical embodiment of our philosophy of care, reorganizing our departments and facilities to literally put the patient at the center.

No woman should ever have to wonder if she has breast cancer.

Yet over 30% of women over 40 in our community haven’t had a mammogram in the last year. 

The Angel Fund makes sure that every woman has the opportunity to get an annual breast cancer screening, regardless of their ability to pay.

Felicia Van Lysal / Angel Fund Superhero / Breast Cancer Survivor Since 2011

Felicia Van Lysal / Angel Fund Superhero / Breast Cancer Survivor Since 2011

 
The dream of the Angel Fund is that every woman in our community, as well as surrounding rural areas, would have easy, affordable access to mammography. Mammography is the starting point for every patient in the Breast Care Center and we are so grateful that we can assist local women so no one is left wondering about their health.
— Beth Junemann, Mammography Technologist

The Hope Is Building Campaign will strengthen the Angel Fund to support the increasing demand for breast care among the women in our community who could not otherwise afford it. A portion of campaign funds will support the ongoing efforts of The Angel Fund in our community.