Thank You Report
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As we settle into 2016, we want to extend our gratitude for your generous support to provide patient centered care, lifesaving research and passionate community support throughout southeast Wisconsin. Your partnership and commitment impacts our patients and community so much and we thank you!
We can be proud of our work together because we are making a difference. Consider our accomplishments in just the last year:
University HealthSystem Consortium’s (UHC) 2015 Quality and Accountability Study, ranked Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital among the top 10 US academic medical centers – and the only one in Wisconsin. UHC assesses performance across a spectrum of high-priority care dimensions including safety, effectiveness, equity, patient-centeredness, timeliness and efficiency.
For the third year in a row, Truven Analytics named Froedtert Hospital as a top 15 large teaching hospital, and for the first time, it recognized our health network as one of the top 20 medium-sized health systems in the nation.
Froedtert Hospital leadership and our partners at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated our commitment to healthier communities with a $15 million community investment to Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Washington counties, of which $12 million supports a new primary care access site at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Froedtert Hospital Foundation. With your generosity, we are supporting compassionate patient care programs, innovative medical discovery, and training the next generation of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. We are delighted to have you as our partners and friends.
Please enjoy this edition of our Thank You Report, which chronicles the impact your giving has had over the last year and a few of our favorite memories. Thank you again for your generous and continued support.
Cathy Buck, MSN, RN
Froedtert Hospital Foundation Board
Alice G. Archabal
Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Roger and Susan Thrun
A serious health issue can be as much a mental strain as it is a physical struggle. Roger Thrun, a survivor of three rounds of cancer, knows all about steeling your resolve for surgery or another round of treatment. > more >
A serious health issue can be as much a mental strain as it is a physical struggle. Roger Thrun, a survivor of three rounds of cancer, knows all about steeling your resolve for surgery or another round of treatment. It’s best done with the strong support system of family and friends, but he also found comfort in the tremendous compassion shown by healthcare professionals at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital.
Cathy Buck, President of Froedtert Hospital, “does a great job with the staff there, making sure they’re kind and empathetic,” he said. “I think, with the human qualities of the individuals I saw, the hiring there is second to none.”
Roger has built an appreciation for these qualities as owner of WHR Group. “With my business,” he said, “I’m looking for team players. I’m looking for people who are smart. I’m looking for people who are kind, empathetic, results-oriented. The smart is easy, the kind and empathetic, that’s the harder stuff.”
Nearly a decade ago, during his first cancer diagnosis, Roger was treated by Peter Langenstroer, MD, MS, a urologic oncologist at Froedtert & MCW, who ended up removing one of Roger’s kidneys. Over the next eight years, Roger had two more surgeries at another institution following consultations with Froedtert & MCW, for cancer found in the pelvic bone and later in his pancreas.
In gratitude for his Froedtert experiences, Roger and his wife, Susan, began supporting the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center. He has experienced not just the expertise of talented surgeons but, “a devotion to patient care.”
He sees that devotion in the clinical trials supporting medical innovation and exceptional research at Froedtert & MCW. To return that devotion, Roger serves as a Froedtert Hospital Foundation board member, and he’s excited about the continuous rise in quality of care at Froedtert, “and the quality of care was unbelievable even when I was treated for cancer there 10 years ago.”
Roger and Susan have also shown their gratitude with a generous gift to support the Froedtert & MCW Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU). “The TRU gives hope to people who are at the end of the line in terms of conventional care. I think that’s very important, because when you have cancer, there’s a physical aspect but there’s a mental aspect of it, too. I think it’s a huge asset to the community.”
“The fact that Froedtert & MCW, is pushing the edge on research, and more importantly pushing the edge on patient treatment through the TRU center, I think that says a lot about the organization. It could easily just say, ‘Hey, you know, that’s going to be expensive to administer, or it’s going to be hard to recruit for.’ The spirit at Froedtert is that they take on all comers.”
Roger said he wants Froedtert Hospital to be “the number one cancer hospital in the world” and takes a practical view of his philanthropy. “I look at it as my giving is investing in my own healthcare. It’s sort of an insurance policy. I’m helping protect healthcare for the future.”
To learn how you can support cancer research and treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, visit froedtert.com/giving.
Bowling with Grap
When Corinne Grapatin speaks out about her son, you can feel his sense of humor. Scott Grapatin was a big man with an even bigger heart. A fun-loving guy who enjoyed nothing more than playing a great prank on an old friend, he was also a compassionate man who went out of his way to help others in need. > more >
Bowling with Grap
When Corinne Grapatin speaks about her son, you can feel his sense of humor. Scott Grapatin was a big man with an even bigger heart. A fun-loving guy who enjoyed nothing more than playing a great prank on an old friend, he was also a compassionate man who went out of his way to help others in need.
When Scott was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, his family and friends rallied. For his care, Scott and his family selected Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Clinical Cancer Center, where John Charlson, MD, an associate professor of Hematology/Oncology, became his advocate and friend.
Although Scott lost his battle with cancer in 2013 at the age of 43, Corinne is so very grateful to the staff at Froedtert & MCW. When Corinne talks about Dr. Charlson, it’s with tremendous gratitude combined with a bit of Scotty’s sense of humor. The story she likes best involves the Milwaukee Brewers. Dr. Charlson is a fan and Scotty wasn’t. The pair traded good-natured ribbing until the very end. Team loyalties aside, both men were committed fans — of each other.
Friends and family members wanted to find a way to remember this generous, fun-loving personality. They focused on a sport he loved — bowling — organizing a fundraiser for soft tissue sarcoma research as a way to give back in true Scott Grapatin style.
Past events have raised more than $9,800. The next event is scheduled for April 24, 2016, just three days before Scott’s birthday. “We are grateful for the funds raised through Bowling with Grap,” said Dr. Charlson. “Research holds the key to developing better, more effective treatments and eventually finding a way to end this devastating disease.”
Corinne has been the force behind this fundraiser over the past three years. In the weeks and months prior to the event, Corinne travels far and wide to gather the most unique and personal items she can find for the basket raffles. She also personally prepares much of the food that participants enjoy.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Scott,” Corinne said. “This event provides a way to turn all that energy into something positive by remembering Scott surrounded in the love of friends and family while raising funds that may someday turn this disease around.” One of Corinne’s greatest wishes is that other families affected by sarcoma will use the event as a way to join together as a community and collectively raise funds to fight the disease.
“More than anything, we just want everyone to have a good time at the event. It’s what Scott would have wanted,” Corinne said.
It’s easy and fun to organize a fundraising event benefitting Froedtert Hospital. Call 414-805-2699 to find out how to get started.
When you walk through the front door of Froedtert Hospital, one of the first people you’re likely to see is a Froedtert Hospital volunteer. Their helpful, smiling faces can be found at the front desk, where they provide warm greetings and wayfinding assistance for all of our patients and their families. > more >
When you walk through the front door of Froedtert Hospital, one of the first people you’re likely to see is member of Froedtert Hospital Volunteer Associates. Their helpful, smiling faces, can be found at the front desk, where they provide warm greetings for all of our patients and their families.
But that’s not all they do. Froedtert Hospital’s Volunteer Associates raise significant funds to support initiatives throughout the hospital that have a real impact on patient care and hospitality.
Gifts from the Volunteer Associates have totaled more than $2,700,000 over 35 years. Most recently, their 2015 gift of $165,210 was designated to support Bobbe’s Gift Shop operations, the Clinical Cancer Center Multipurpose Room, the Distinguished Visitor Program, and the Cancer Center Art Therapy Program.
Volunteers raised the funds through Bobbe’s Gift Shop and a wide variety of specialty sales in the hospital lobby – including the Nutman, Sterling Silver, Books R Fun, Scrubs & Shoe, and $6 sales.
In October, more than 100 guests gathered for the annual Twilight Toast, an event recognizing the financial contributions and successes of the Volunteer Associates. The Clinical Cancer Center Art Therapy Program was the featured recipient at this year’s “Artful” Twilight Toast. Carrie Danhieux-Poole, LPC, ATR-BC, Froedtert Health clinical therapist/art therapist, shared details about the benefits of art therapy and the various projects created by our Clinical Cancer Center patients and their families this past year.
John and Virginia Murray
John and Virginia Murray lived a simple life,
yet this quiet couple has left a lasting legacy. > more >
John and Virginia Murray lived a simple life, yet this quiet couple has left a lasting legacy.
Their niece, Anne Walthers proudly tells their story. John and Virginia met in high school, were lifelong residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and “were very devoted to each other,” Anne said. John enjoyed golfing with buddies at Moor Downs Golf Club in Waukesha. Virginia was a talented seamstress and did beautiful handiwork and knitting. John was a loyal employee, a sales manager working for one company, Waukesha Engine, his entire career. Virginia worked there too, as a bookkeeper, and later as an office manager for a local physician.
They did not have children and preferred renting to home ownership. “We were always amazed that they didn’t own a house until they were in their 80s,” said Anne. The decision was not made lightly, as they had always been careful with their money. “They were very frugal—with capital letters, for sure,” Anne noted.
That thriftiness was part of the reason they were able to bequeath an extraordinary gift to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation, a gift of over $500,000, that has been designated for the new Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Simulation Center (SIMCenter).
The bequest was made in honor of the late Peter J. McNamara, MD, a Froedtert & MCW gastroenterologist who treated both John and Virginia. John was also treated by Froedtert & MCW neurologists for a mitochondrial disease, Anne noted, and both had a lot of respect for their doctors. Anne added that Virginia, who received treatment for colitis, “did revere Dr. McNamara. He was very important to her.”
The Murray’s generous gift will have a significant impact on others. The SIMCenter will provide a simulated learning environment to elevate the skills of hospital staff for safer and more effective patient care. Some of the goals of SIMCenter training is to improve efficiencies, plan patient care protocols, and to provide better patient care outcomes. All of which will be an outstanding tribute to this quiet couple who lived a frugal, well-planned life.
John and Virginia Murray's estate gift helped begin the first phase of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Simulation Center (SIMCenter). > more >
John and Virginia Murray’s estate gift helped begin the first phase of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Simulation Center (SIMCenter). Led by expert trainers, the simulated learning environment within the SIMCenter will elevate the skills of hospital staff for safer and more effective patient care. The Center will offer physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff the opportunity to practice on lifelike, high-tech mannequins that can be programmed for treatment responses to varying circumstances. Staff will have the opportunity to train together in a completely safe and realistic environment.
In the SIMCenter they will improve their skills as a team and develop the kind of unity that creates a seamless care experience.
The SIMCenter will be located in the west corner of Froedtert Hospital’s first floor. Demolition of current workspace and construction on the new space are slated to begin the first week of May 2016. Substantial completion of the Center is expected by October 2016, with staff move-in to follow the first two weeks of that month. A projected date for the center’s opening will be determined as construction progress is made.
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is making this project a funding priority and so have donors like John and Virginia Murray. To join them and be a part of this exciting effort, call 414-955-4501.
Cancer Research / Patient Care
21st Desert Classic
The annual Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Desert Classic marked its 21st year with another successful winter Arizona getaway. Thanks to our presenting sponsors, Cannon Design and Mortenson Construction, the event raised nearly $90,000 to benefit patient programs and services in Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Clinical Cancer Center. > more >
21st Desert Classic
21st Annual Desert Classic Golf Outing
The annual Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Desert Classic marked its 21st year with another successful winter Arizona getaway. Thanks to our presenting sponsors, Cannon Design and Mortenson Construction, the event raised nearly $90,000 to benefit patient programs and services in Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Clinical Cancer Center.
Eighty-three golfers enjoyed the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains and the challenging Ambiante Golf Course at Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale.
The event included many highlights – both touching and fun.
Cathy Buck, President of Froedtert Hospital, thanked participants for their continued support of our cancer programs. She shared a heartwarming testimonial from the wife of a brain cancer patient who wanted donors to know that despite the challenges of her husband’s illness, they always knew they “were at the best place (they) could be for the best possible care.” As an annual highlight, the Staff Electric foursome regaled the group with their “fashion-forward” attire.
Awards included a golfer favorite, recognition for the last-place team. The lucky recipients received their own Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin lab coats, so that they could research their way to a better score next year!
The Desert Classic has raised more than $1.8 million to benefit cancer research and patient care programs at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Clinical Cancer Center.
Mark your calendars now for the 22nd annual event, planned for Friday, March 11, 2016 at a new location, Whirlwind Golf Course at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. New this year is the first annual Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Game & Tailgate Party – a Froedtert & MCW exclusive at Maryvale Ballpark in Phoenix.
For more information, contact Peggy LeBrun at 414-955-4503 or email@example.com.