As previously published in Marshfield Clinic's BenchMarks Spring 2013 issue (article)
Associated Bank has contributed more than $607,000 to Marshfield Clinic since 1975, supporting a wide range of initiatives including medical research, patient and community centered projects and capital campaigns. The latest cause is a mobile health unit which will provide mammography as well as a wide range of primary care services for patients.
"We consider ourselves to be a collection of community banks, and we're only as strong as the communities we serve," said John Evans, North Central Regional president. "We are dedicated to strengthening our communities through focused corporate giving and employee volunteerism efforts that help our friends, our colleagues and our neighbors. We have a strong sense of corporate responsibility toward our communities."
"It's great that we can help provide these services to Clinic patients as well as Associated Bank employees and customers," said John Baur, community bank president in Marshfield. "If we can reduce the incidence of breast cancer and increase the overall health in our communities, everybody wins. Our communities are better places to live and work as a result of combined efforts of individuals and businesses working together to reach their full potential."
One out of every eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime (and one in 1,000 U.S. men will also be diagnosed). Mammography can detect lumps and abnormalities up to two years before they can be felt by self-exam. When found early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 96 percent.
With a 65 percent female workforce, the bank also has a vested interest in women's health and cancer prevention.
"Partnering with Associated Bank furthers the mission of Marshfield Clinic to deliver high-quality accessible healthcare to everyone in the communities we serve," said Brian Ewert, M.D., Marshfield Clinic president. "With Associated Bank's support of our mobile services, the current cancer screening program will expand. Individual patients benefit by finding the disease sooner, which gives them a better opportunity for a cure." He noted that the current units are fully scheduled until 2015, so the new unit will allow the Clinic to reach more people.
In addition to mammography screening for breast cancer, the new all-digital unit will provide primary health care in rural Wisconsin communities. When joined with the two current mobile mammography units, these vehicles will ultimately help provide early detection of breast cancer to more than 10,000 people annually, many of whom are in remote rural locations.
The newest unit will have separate sections for mammography and primary care services provided by a nurse practitioner. The wide-ranging primary care services include diagnosis and treatment of common and acute conditions, full physical assessments and immunizations, occupation-related services such as pre-employment physicals and drug screenings, laboratory tests and X-rays.
"I'm most grateful to John Evans, John Baur and the Associated Bank team," said Myron Gadke, mobile services manager for Marshfield Clinic. "With this gift they have created the opportunity for us to care for many more people."
Marshfield Clinic's mobile health units travel throughout the entire state of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee and Madison. Businesses can arrange to have a unit set up on their grounds, and appointments to the unit must be scheduled in advance.
Associated Bank and Marshfield Clinic continue to build a strong relationship. The bank has supported capital campaigns to build the Lawton Center and the Laird Center for Medical Research, a broad spectrum of research and community fundraising events including the Auction of Champions, Golf for Research, Duel It Fore the Kids, Mike's Run and the Rich Seubert Celebrity Trap Shoot. The bank's support of $250,000 for the mobile health unit is its single largest commitment to Marshfield Clinic.
Associated employees are involved in numerous community organizations and many hold volunteer leadership positions. John Baur has been an active volunteer with Marshfield Clinic for 14 years.
To learn more about the mobile unit schedule and to make an appointment, Call 1-800-782-8581, ext. 16086 or 79123, or visit www.marshfieldclinic.org/mobilehealth
About Associated Banc-Corp
- Started in 1970 with three banks in Northeast Wisconsin, including one, First National Bank of Neenah, dating to 1861
- Operates approximately 240 banking locations serving 150 communities in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas
- Employs more than 4,900 and serves approximately one million customers
- Has approximately $23 billion in assets, $15 billion in loans and $17 billion in deposits
- Publicly traded under NASDAQ symbol ASBC