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Ascension St. Mary's Hospital celebrates 125 yearsSubmitted: 06/21/2018
Story By Thomas Goris

Ascension St. Mary's Hospital celebrates 125 years
RHINELANDER - Ascension St. Mary's Hospital celebrated an incredible milestone June 21.

125 years ago the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother began their work in Rhinelander.


The hospital was the first of its kind to serve the northwoods.

Bishop James Powers of the Superior Diocese led a memorial mass to mark the occasion Thursday.

Hospital President Sandy Anderson says the values that started St. Mary's 125 years ago still apply today.

"We're continuing to live the values that our sisters established 125 years ago, and that is delivering on that compassionate, personalized care," said Anderson.

Sister Lois Bush, the Regional Superior of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, thinks that it's these values that set St. Mary's apart from other hospitals.

"I think that you would see a difference through the compassion of the associates and for the extent for which they would go to care for the patients who come to our door," said Bush.

Anderson also hopes people remember the courage of the founding sisters.

"When they think about 125 years ago, I want them to think about how courageous, how resilient, how much tenacity our sisters had," said Anderson.

More than 66 percent of hospitals in Wisconsin are religious based.






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