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Blessing and Dedication
September 5, 2014 7:50 AM

Here are photos from the September 3 Blessing and Dedication of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital (Oconto Falls, WI).


The Most Reverend Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, officiated at the Blessing and Dedication.

Sister Jomary Trstensky, Provincial Superior

Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President and CEO


Therese Pandl (HSHS Eastern Wisconsin President and CEO) delivers remarks. Seated are: Cinde Becker (St. Vincent Hospital Chaplain), Dan DeGroot (HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital COO), Christy Kaempfer, (HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Board Chair), Lorri Jacobetti (Senior Vice President and CFO of Prevea Health), and Sister Annice McClure.

Sister Jomary with Kay Baranczyk (HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital CNO) - Kay is the great niece of our Sister Lenore Baranczyk

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital (formerly Community Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls, WI)


Welcoming an addition to our family
September 3, 2014 7:11 PM

Earlier today, we officially welcomed a new hospital into our sponsorship: HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. Formerly known as Community Memorial Hospital (CMH), HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital becomes the 14th hospital in HSHS.

In her remarks, Sister Jomary Trstensky, Provincial Superior, said "It is my pleasure to share this special occasion with you today as a representative of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Our Sisters first journeyed into this part of Wisconsin in 1888 in dedicated pursuit of a goal to serve suffering humanity through the prism of health care after the example of Jesus. For many years, the Sisters did this themselves, giving hands-on service to so many people. Today, we do it through Hospital Sisters Health System, a ministry that cares for our hospitals and those who serve in them. We are justifiably proud of our existing 13 hospitals and the highly motivated colleagues who represent us every day. St. Vincent Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospital serve as singular examples of our commitment to our Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy."

"An occasion like this calls us to take a long view, to look back on the marvelous achievements of Community Memorial Hospital during its 93 years of service to the community of greater Oconto County. This healing power of personal care was only possible through the generous support of community members and dedication of hospital staff. Today we celebrate your history and promise our ongoing respect for your heritage and culture of quality. At the same time, we look forward to the great potential we see for the future in this place of healing. Let it be said that today marks a milestone in the continuation of a heritage already blessed with successes."

"Since 2011 a strategic partnership between our two organizations has served in the best interest of people in our respective markets and revealed the good that we can do working together. In the coming weeks, this alliance will take the form of a complete affiliation and introduce a Catholic identity, namely, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. With today’s blessing by The Most Rev. Robert Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, we place this hospital under the guidance and protection of the remarkable and holy Lady Clare of Assisi, close follower of St. Francis who with him serves as our inspiration in creating a culture of Christ-like service in the Franciscan tradition. May our Lord Jesus Christ guide the hearts and hands of all who minister here in His name."

In addition, Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President and CEO, said “Both HSHS and Community Memorial Hospital have a long tradition of providing high quality health care to those who seek healing. That dedication to caring for those in need is strengthened with CMH joining our health system as HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “St. Clare was a Franciscan saint who devoted her life to solitude, prayer and service. Her legacy reflects the commitment of our newest health care ministry to serve the residents in Oconto Falls and surrounding communities.”

“By joining Hospital Sisters Health System, we are creating the foundation upon which we will continue our mission of providing high quality health care close to home, well into the future,” said Dan DeGroot, Chief Operating Officer, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “We are all truly excited about what this means for our organization and more importantly, what this means for the patients and families we will continue to serve for years to come.”

In May 2011, CMH and HSHS entered into an affiliation agreement in an effort to enhance physician recruitment, implement an electronic health record system and improve delivery of health care. Now, as an official member of the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division family, St. Clare adopts the HSHS mission “to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry.” The high quality care that patients have been accustomed to for more than 93 years in the Oconto Falls community remains.

“This is truly an historic event as HSHS has not added a hospital to their health system since 1987,” said Therese Pandl, President & CEO, HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division. “We are delighted to have HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls join our family. We believe that through working closely together, we can improve the health care of our communities and we will be stronger serving together.”

HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division also works in partnership with Prevea Health. Prevea provides hospitals within the Division access to more than 200 physicians in more than 50 specialty areas. Prevea health centers can be found in communities all across Northeast Wisconsin, as far north as Marinette to as far south as Oostburg. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health centers in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Suring, Oconto and Oconto Falls.

About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett, Pulaski and Oconto Falls. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit

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