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Areas of Need

Where your gift can make a difference

Each year we identify a number of key initiatives to focus on when seeking philanthropic support from our donors and the community. This year’s current needs are as follows:


If you’ve ever donated to the ProHealth Care Foundation, you are part of Sue’s story of survival.

Donors help patients like Sue have access to: 

  • Lifesaving equipment and state-of-the-art technology

  • The latest clinical research trials

  • A comprehensive survivorship program that begins on the day of diagnosis

  • An oncology nurse navigator who serves as their dedicated partner for guidance and support during every step of the cancer journey

  • And much, much more

​Each year more than 1,200 newly diagnosed cancer patients entrust their treatment to ProHealth Care. Your gift to the ProHealth Care Foundation helps give them a fighting chance in the battle against cancer. People like Sue beat the odds every day because of donors like you.

Sue's Story

When Sue Machones of Oconomowoc was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, she was given a five percent chance of surviving five years. But Sue knew from the start that she would beat those odds.


Sue’s story begins three years ago when she was enjoying lunch and realized something wasn’t right. Because of her background working for both the education and digestive disorders departments at ProHealth Care, she knew her body was telling her something. Sue scheduled a test for that Friday.


On March 2, 2012, that test confirmed her worst fears. Cancer.

In the weeks that followed, Sue began receiving weekly chemotherapy treatments and daily radiation therapy treatments. The radiation left her needing to use a feeding tube for nutrition. She lost 40 pounds. Although measures are taken to prevent these reactions for this type of treatment, there are rare times that response to radiation can present as a skin reaction. We have many treatments available for these types of reactions and it is common for esophageal cancer patients to need nutrition support during treatment. We are committed to caring for and supporting our patients through cancer treatments.


Sue enrolled in a clinical research study knowing that even if it didn’t help her, her participation in the study might help someone else. The medication from the research trial gave her an uncomfortable rash, but Sue powered through. Fortunately, the cancer responded to the drug.


For each struggle she faced – and there were many – Sue persevered, determined to beat the odds. She completed her six weeks of chemotherapy and 28 radiation treatments in 2012. Today she remains free of cancer.


I know I survived because of the excellent care and support I received. My caregivers, my family and co-workers rallied around me and gave me the power to survive.” – Sue Machones


ProHealth Home Care & Hospice

Last year, more than 2,300 individuals used one or more of these services, trusting ProHealth Home Care & Hospice professionals to support them during their most vulnerable times. To continue providing quality compassionate care for all, ProHealth Home Care & Hospice strives for excellence through advanced staff training and patient care practices. We are continually enhancing our caring environment. There are currently several initiatives that would benefit from your support.

  • Community Care — Community Care ensures that every person, regardless of their ability to pay, has equal access to high-quality, compassionate care.  This supports the daily costs of care not covered by insurance, including specialized and expensive medications used for hospice patients.
  • Education — By encouraging our staff to continue their education, we help ensure that our patients are receiving the highest quality care. Support for education would allow for staff training and nursing certification.
  • Technology — As home health agencies care for sicker patients for longer periods of time, remote monitoring devices have become indispensible.  ProHealth Home Care currently has 30 telemonitoring devices and would like to increase that number to 60.
  • Bereavement — Support for bereavement programs will enhance existing services. Bereavement services are tailored for both adults and children.
  • Facility Improvement — As AngelsGrace Hospice approaches its 10-year anniversary, there’s a need to update and refresh many public areas within the building.

For information on how to support ProHealth Home Care & Hospice, please contact us at 262-928-4903.

Nursing Education Initiative

National research conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine indicates that advanced nurse training allows nurses to become full partners with physicians in redesigning health care. ProHealth Care encourages the establishment of an integrated medical partnership that coordinates high-level technology, staff expertise, and the appropriate setting with the critical role families play in ensuring the health and well-being of patients. By offering tuition incentives to our existing nurse professionals, we leverage their experience and support their long-term career goals, thus improving retention rates.


ProHealth Care has developed a nursing education program that includes the following goals:

  • Ensure that 80 percent of our RNs are prepared at the baccalaureate level by 2020
  • Increase staff specialty certifications to 25 percent of our nursing staff
  • Adopt and implement our care delivery model
  • Achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center “Magnet” designation for hospitals that attain improved patient outcomes, higher levels of nurse satisfaction and lower turnover rates.

To move this initiative forward, we have defined a variety of funding opportunities that would benefit from community support:

  • The Certification Pilot Program will provide RNs with the opportunity to attend review courses, access course materials and take the certification exam.
  • Nursing scholarships are many times the key factor in a student’s decision to continue their education. Support provided to our scholarship goal will offer financial opportunities for nurses at ProHealth Care.
  • A Clinical Practice Model will be implemented to incorporate quality measures into clinical practice, thus improving the patient experience.

For information on how to support the Nursing Education Initiative, please contact Shawn Verdoni      via email or by phone at 262-928-4012.

Oncology Nurse Navigator Program

Oncology Nurse Navigators work closely with patients, guiding them through their initial visit and serving as a single point of contact throughout their cancer journey. The Oncology Nurse Navigator is an Oncology Certified Nurse with five or more years of experience and clinical expertise in cancer care.


Our extensive research has identified critical interventions that positively influence patient outcomes. Recognizing each patient has unique needs, while the interventions are standardized, the number and length of the time the Oncology Nurse Navigator spends with each patient is dependent on the individual's needs.

A series of measures will be collected to demonstrate outcomes of the program, including:

  • Patient satisfaction
  • Quality of life
  • Referrals to support and community services
  • Patient retention

These measurements are expected to demonstrate value-based care; excellent outcomes delivered in a cost-effective care model.

The current Oncology Nurse Navigators at ProHealth Care have an average of 15 years of experience and each one is an expert in a specific kind of cancer (i.e. breast, prostate, etc.). It is the vision of the ProHealth Care cancer program to have seven dedicated Oncology Nurse Navigators, an increase from our current level of three. Investments in this model of care will allow each Oncology Nurse Navigator to assist a caseload of up to 200 patients annually.


For more information on how you can support our Oncology Nurse Navigators, please contact Linda Appleby     via email or by phone at 262-928-4071.