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Published on September 27, 2016

Connecting with our community

SSM Health believes being involved in the communities we serve is vital to the work we do. In addition to innovative programs that fund local non-profits, our doctors, nurses and staff are encouraged to stay connected with our friends, neighbors and partner organizations throughout the year.

The summer of 2016 has been BUSY. Check out just a few of the things we’ve been up to and see a sneak peek of a few things we’re working on for this fall.

Hitting the trails for heart health

When it comes to heart health, exercise is important. That’s one reason we’re proud to sponsor Heart Walk events in Baraboo, Janesville and Madison.

This year marked the largest Sauk County Heart Walk in Baraboo. The August 20 event brought out droves of walkers despite cold, wet weather.

Our Bert Blain Memorial Heart Walk team in Janesville exceeded its goals this year. With a team of 104 walkers from our Janesville campus we were able to raise more than $15,000 for education and awareness efforts.

Hundreds of walkers in the Madison area raised funds and gathered at the Mallards baseball stadium to walk for awareness of heart disease and stroke. The September 24 event raised more than $445,000.

School supply drives

Our staff understands the importance of having the right tools for success. Leading up to the first week of school, many of our medical group and hospital locations banded together to ensure area students have the supplies they need to focus on learning.

With drives all across south-central Wisconsin we were able to provide notebooks, pencils, backpacks and more to students most in need. While some areas focused on individual schools – like our Madison adopted school Lincoln Elementary – other locations provided items for their local school district to distribute.

Learning to #RunLikeAngels

SSM Health believes that health and wellness should be accessible to everyone. That’s why in 2016 we decided to purchase a racing chair for myTEAM TRIUMPH, a national organization that pairs disabled individuals with able-bodied athletes to participate in endurance events. We also sponsored a very special team – Krissy’s MadTown Ironman Team.

Over the past several months our team captain Krissy Schingten – a Middleton woman and two-time stroke survivor – trained and raced with her three angels: John Wagner, Patrick Ellestad and Lisa Bell. After months of intense training, this team of four took on one of the world’s toughest endurance event, the Ironman.

With the help of special equipment, John pulled Krissy and an inflated raft along the 2.4 mile swim. Patrick took over for the 112 mile bike ride, pulling Krissy in a special racing chair behind his bike. To finish up the grueling day, Lisa pushed Krissy and her racing chair for 26.2 miles – the distance of a full marathon. After 16 hours, 40 minutes and six seconds the team crossed the finish line together, accomplishing a goal Krissy says she wouldn’t have been able to do alone.

A safe place to play

In 1993 the Camden Playground area in Janesville’s Palmer Park opened as one of the largest play areas accessible to special needs developers. While the park is still a great place to play, the group that maintains the park realized the equipment and ground areas needed to be updated.

When work to rebuild the playground started, staff in our emergency and pediatric departments decided to donate first aid supplies and healthy snacks for volunteer workers. Work on the playground wrapped up on September 11.

A safe space for hope

Losing a loved one is difficult. Feeling alone in your grief can magnify the challenges a person faces as they move forward in their lives. SSM Health St. Clare Hospital recognizes that offering support during times of grief is an important part of the healing process. That’s why we’ve started a new GriefShare group. The free 13-week program meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. You can find more information on our website at

A new center for wellness

In January, SSM Health announced that it would provide funding support to Madison’s Rebalanced Life Wellness Association through our new Helping Dane County to be Healthy grant program. This unique group focuses on helping African American men who are at high-risk for developing chronic health conditions to increase physical activity, learn about healthy eating and nutrition through mentorship, volunteerism and social support.

We are incredibly excited to share that the group will soon open their own Men’s Health Center! The center is located inside JP Hair Design at 584 Grand Canyon Drive. The center will offer a place for the salon’s customers to learn about healthy eating, chronic disease prevention and overall health.

The center’s grand opening will be on October 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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