Donor Dollars at Work

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Ascension Howard Young Health Care is committed to giving back to the communities it serves.  Examples include:

  • Providing free health screenings, health education classes and community events.
  • Providing palliative care to support the chronically ill.
  • Underwriting charity care to the uninsured, underinsured and for those people who cannot afford to pay for healthcare.

As the Howard Young Foundation works to fulfill its mission of building and sustaining philanthropic support for health and wellness initiatives, it continues to provide funding for many health related services and programs for Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) and Ascension Eagle River Hospital (AERH), making a positive and long lasting impact on residents and visitors in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Our proud donors have recently funded many initiatives at both of our community hospitals:

Recently Funded Initiatives (Click titles for more information)

Siemens SOMATOM® Definition Flash 128-Slice Dual-Source CT scanner: $1.5 Million

October of 2016 Howard Young Medical Center introduced the latest in CT technology to the Lakeland area. The dollar for dollar matching grant from Ministry Health Care allowed the Howard Young Foundation to purchase this top-of-the-line scanner for the community. Better image quality cannot be found in any other site in the United States. And that image is delivered using the lowest amount of radiation necessary.

Advanced software on the Flash CT customizes the X-ray dose for every patient from infants to adults. The software also enables testing to be on this machine previously not possible. Now rather than having to travel to larger community hospitals for vascular imaging and heart catheterization, many of these tests can be performed here locally.

Investing in technology allowing residents and visitors in our community to receive care locally is one of the primary drivers of the Foundation Board. This investment is already having a positive impact on keeping healthcare local.

One Heart Cardiology Suite: $1.6 Million

The cardiac center opened in October of 2014 and is a demonstration of how collaboration between healthcare systems benefits the community. The total cost of the project totaled $1.6 million and was shared between the Foundation and Ministry Health Care. The first CZT nuclear imaging camera in the State of Wisconsin is the technological highlight in the clinic. The clinic also includes state-of-the-art 3D echocardiography and stress testing equipment.

The clinic is staffed by Marshfield Clinic cardiology physicians who are experts at non-invasive cardiac imaging and other cardiac care. The investment in the CZT nuclear camera was made to enable more cardiac patients to receive treatment in our local community.

daVinci® Surgical System: $1.2 Million

The Foundation provided the funding for a new daVinci® robotic surgical system for HYMC. The daVinci® price tag totaled $2.4 million. The Foundation and Ministry split the cost, each contributing $1.2 million. This is a gift from the community to the community in every aspect. Donors to the Foundation, including hospital employees, physicians and especially the people of this community who made charitable gifts in support of the Foundation's Special Gift Initiative made this a reality. Without this generous support, bringing the daVinci® to the Northwoods would have never been possible. Patients across the Northwoods and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan now have access to state-of-the-art surgical technology that was previously unavailable this close to home. No longer will patients and their families have to drive hours for procedures that can be done in our local hospital.

The daVinci® surgery system allows the hospital to provide surgeons with state-of-the-art technology that can be applied in a comprehensive, minimally invasive surgical program across multiple specialties including procedures in gynecology, urology and general surgery. Patients benefit from improved clinical outcomes, reduced pain, complications and a more rapid return to normal activities.

Helicopter Hangar and Ambulance Garage: $500,000

The Foundation provided 50% of the funding for a hangar and garage for the Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation helicopter and ambulances at the Howard Young Medical Center campus. The facility offers a more centralized location reducing response time for the service area and expediting care for critically ill or injured patients.

Lucas™ 2 Chest Compression Device Project: $120,000

During cardiac arrest, this unit allows consistent chest compressions to be performed without fatigue to the technician. Each unit costs $15,000 and there's one located at Howard Young Medical Center, Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and every ambulance in our area from Presque Isle and Land O’ Lakes to Harshaw and Lac du Flambeau. The Foundation offered a partnership grant to all of the volunteer ambulance services in the area. If each community could raise half the cost of the device, the Foundation would cover the remainder of the cost.

Past Investments (Click titles for more information)

Emergency Department Investment in Life Saving Equipment: $1.2 Million

Our hospital emergency departments now have the latest state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment available to provide care for our community. No one wakes in the morning with the intent of visiting the ER. Emergency care is unplanned and unpredictable. We wanted to ensure our Board Certified Physicians have the tools and resources necessary to provide the highest level of emergency care at any time of day when the need arises.

This investment updated our defibrillators, heart monitors, ultrasound machines, blood chemistry analyzers, and airway equipment at both Howard Young Medical Center and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Patient Simulators: $100,000

Patient safety is of critical concern and simulation is now the preferred model for training of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Designated computerized scenarios provide real-time situations and allow professionals to develop critical thinking skills when responding to emergency situations.  

Simulators for adult, pediatric, infant and an expecting mother in the form of computerized mannequins closely mimic the physiologic functions of a human being. Some key features include: automatic drug reaction; lung, heart, and bowel sounds; real time heart rhythm; defibrillator capable; seizures and convulsions; speech capable; color change with intervention; eyes react to light; active airway manipulation; IV capable; bleeding capable; catheterization/urine capable; pulses; blood pressure and pulse oximetry register as real.

The Birthing Simulator also includes: birth to a newborn; delivery in four different positions; the ability to simulate many fetal emergencies; and can produce fetal heart tones. Treating a critically ill infant requires a unique skill set that can only come from hands-on, real time experience. Knowing what to look for and how to find answers – quickly with no mistakes – is essential. All of the simulators are life size, providing another element of reality for clinicians. This kind of experience cannot come from critical care situations in practice. The stakes are simply too high and the patients too precious.

Portable Ventilator: $18,000

We’ve provided a portable ventilator valued at approximately $18,000 for use in the ambulance that transfers patients between Howard Young Medical Center and other hospitals. The LTV 1200 Ventilator by Pulmonetics Systems provides advanced respiratory support to patients in the Northwoods that are transported from smaller hospitals to tertiary care centers, such as Saint Clare's in Weston or Saint Joseph's Hospital and Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield. This ventilator will provide lifesaving treatment to many individuals as they travel the highways from northern Wisconsin to the central region for care, or even for transfer of patients to other northern region hospitals for intensive care unit (ICU) admission. The portable ventilator is capable of breathing for a patient when they are unable to breathe on their own.

Emergency Medical Services - LifeNet Systems: $30,000

A LifeNet System is valued at approximately $30,000 and it combines powerful data collection software with a rugged, touch-screen mobile PC. This system enables EMS teams and first responders to electronically capture patient information at the scene of an emergency and wirelessly transfer it to clinical and operational staff for in-depth data management and reporting. With the new LifeNet system installed in ambulances, the vital signs and EKG readings of a patient who is suspected of having a heart attack are remotely transmitted from the ambulance to the hospital emergency room.

Physical Rehabilitation Center - Muscle Re-Education Stimulator: $8,000

We’ve purchased a Stiwell Med4 muscle re-education stimulator for a cost of $8,000. Functional electrotherapy promotes the rehabilitation of motor functions following a stroke or after damages to the central nervous system. The Stiwell Med4 offers the ability to process myoelectric signals with four independently adjustable stimulation channels and two measurement channels. This allows the Med4 to be used for a broad field of applications ranging from neurological indications to incontinence therapy.

Respiratory Therapy - Ventilator & Infant Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Software: $22,000

Purchased a Viasys AVEA Ventilator & Infant continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) software for approximately $22,000. The purpose of CPAP is to establish normal functional-residual-capacity (FRC) during spontaneous breathing. CPAP can be applied either invasively or non-invasively using a wide range of devices. While many tiny babies born with severe lung disease and other complications of prematurity require invasive ventilator support, certain patients may benefit from a non-invasive approach incorporating bi-level nasal CPAP and avoid the need for intubation. AVEA is the first generation of integrated life support systems meeting the needs of all neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients.

Wound Clinic - Maxi Move Modular Patient Lifter: $6,000

ARJO Maxi Move modular lifter provides a more efficient solution for the basic tasks of patient handling – lifting and repositioning. This system has two unique features – a stable vertical system (SVS) and a dynamic positioning system (DPS), which together provide the safest, most comfortable basis for complete transfers – from the initial lift through to effortless fine-tuning of the patient's posture. This battery-powered passive sling lifter allows a single care giver to safely manage a wide range of patient handling routines. The stability of Maxi Move provides strong support for everyday handling routines as well as for more demanding tasks such as transferring heavy patients or lifting supine patients on stretchers.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Monitor: $20,000

In order to provide women the highest quality breast care, in March 2011, HYMC started offering digital mammography services. Howard Young Foundation provided HYMC $20,000 towards the purchase of a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Monitor. With the addition of this upgraded stereotactic breast biopsy equipment and technology, patients will receive the highest quality screening, diagnostic and procedural mammography services in northern Wisconsin. One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Initially a screening mammogram is completed and if there are any suspicious areas found on initial screening, further testing is needed. A stereotactic breast biopsy is the only definitive way to tell if a change in breast tissue is a benign breast condition or cancer.

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR) 10 percent of screening mammograms need additional diagnostic work up with stereotactic breast biopsy. Of those women who need a stereotactic breast biopsy, 80 percent are found to be benign. "We are pleased that we can offer women the spectrum of breast care testing at one location," said the Vice President of Patient Care Services. "This is often an emotional time for patients, and having all the diagnostic services right here at Howard Young Medical Center enables us to provide diagnostic services to them as soon as possible." The Howard Young Foundation is pleased to support this upgrade in technology, as it is essential to offer the best possible diagnostic services right here in our own community. Charitable support from our community that helps to advance medical and patient care programs is extremely significant to the HYF. Community support signifies the value placed on the healthcare of this community.