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The Ascension Wisconsin healthcare system became the first in the country to complete the full adoption of the Ascension brand.

“Two years ago, we embarked on a journey to become one, unified health system across Wisconsin to ensure the people we care for receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time,” said Bernie Sherry, Ascension Healthcare Senior Vice President and Ascension Wisconsin Ministry Market Executive. “The new signs have been installed but more importantly is the work reflected through the collaboration of our associates and physicians in order to best meet the needs of the communities we are privileged to serve.”

Southeast Wisconsin facilities, part of legacy Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, are now unified under the Ascension brand. They joined Ministry Health Care in the north and Affinity Health System in the Fox Valley, which led this effort over the past year.

The four health systems now make up Ascension Wisconsin, operating 24 hospital campuses and more than 100 related healthcare facilities from Racine to Eagle River. This week, all Southeast Wisconsin hospital campuses held events to celebrate the coming together of these four systems and honoring their 170-year history of providing compassionate, personalized care in the state.

Ascension Wisconsin is the first of Ascension’s markets to reach this milestone. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.