Aspirus Health hosts welcome celebration at St. Michael’s Hospital

Metro Wire Staff

Aspirus Health formally welcomed St. Michael’s Hospital to the Aspirus family during an outdoor celebration held Monday.

Representatives from Aspirus, Ascension, and the community gathered at one of seven celebrations being held this week for the seven hospitals, 21 clinics, air and ground transport services, and 2,700 employees that joined Aspirus Health on August 1.

“It has been nearly six weeks since the St. Michael’s team joined Aspirus. We are all very excited about the excellent, compassionate care our new ‘blended family’ offers this great community,” said Jesse Tischer, Ascension Health Senior Vice President & President of Regional Markets. “The growth we celebrate today enables us to provide unparalleled care, with more coordination and more convenience, to thousands more people in the rural communities that make this region so special.”

The name of Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital and the various Ascension Wisconsin clinics and facilities serving the area will remain the same for the immediate future, although onsite signs now indicate that they have joined Aspirus Health. Ultimately, facility names will be changed to reflect the Aspirus brand. By December 2021, all signs and materials will reflect the new Aspirus facility names.

“For more than a century, this hospital has been caring for Stevens Point and its neighboring communities. Generations of families have entrusted their health—and their lives—to the medical professionals within these walls,” said Teresa Theiler, Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital. “Throughout our long, wonderful history, we have seen many changes. We’ve experienced medical and technological innovations, affiliation changes, renovations, expansions, and so much more. Every advancement has enhanced the healing care that we are privileged to provide to the people who need us.”

Monday’s celebration concluded with a tree-planting ceremony to serve as a symbol of Aspirus Health’s commitment to grow and thrive with the Stevens Point community. The tree was planted using 10 jars of soil to symbolize the 10 “legacy” Aspirus hospitals that are welcoming the seven Ascension hospitals to the Aspirus Health family.

Photo: Representatives of Aspirus, Ascension, and the community participated in a tree-planting ceremony outside Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital Monday to celebrate the hospital joining Aspirus Health.