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MILWAUKEE (July 13, 2020) Construction will soon begin for the future home of the intergenerational housing community on the north side of Mount Mary’s campus.

The $45 million housing development by Mount Mary University, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province and Milwaukee Catholic Home will provide a vibrant, intergenerational living environment for Sisters and seniors, and an educational and supportive housing option for single mothers who are students at Mount Mary University.

The project is moving forward with careful environmental considerations:

  • In preparation for this work, approximately 300 trees were removed from the construction zone west of the wooded area along Burleigh Street. The majority of these trees (255 total) consisted of non-native Scotch pine trees that were diseased and reaching their end of life.
  • The 10-acre forested area on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the construction area will not be affected by the construction project. This area includes a high-quality second-growth southern mesic forest. This type of forest, with soaring canopy trees and great biodiversity, is rare in Milwaukee County and a treasured campus resource.
  • To ensure the environment aligns with the campus and the landscape, a number of mitigation features are included in the design, including 6,000 square feet of rain garden plantings, and a retention pond to minimize water runoff.
  • Native plants will be integrated throughout the grounds.
  • The parking lot will utilize porous pavers, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

To identify the tree removal necessary for this project, Mount Mary engaged two arborists from the engineering firm R.A. Smith to study the area, complete an inventory to identify and assess the health of all trees, and to identify “legacy” trees of ecological significance. All the legacy trees have been protected and preserved during this process. 

The removal method is consistent with best management practices standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

These trees have been – and remain – a valuable resource to the campus environment and they will continue to contribute to the good of all:

  • The pine trees will be transported to paper mills in Kaukauna, Wis., to be repurposed.
  • The remaining hardwood trees will be used for various purposes. The boards from several trees will be integrated into the design of interior walls for our new buildings, including bur oak, sugar maple, hickory, elm, ash and pine.
  • The remaining lumber will be sold and used for saw logs and other construction.

“As this project moves forward, the Mount Mary grounds will bear the effects of temporary disruption,” said Mount Mary President Christine Pharr, Ph.D. “But as partners, we stand committed in our care for God’s creation and in our vision of an intergenerational community that is truly built for all.”

“This type of project is only possible when sustainability is present, both in spirit and in practice,” said Pharr.

As the construction process begins, regular updates will be posted on our website. 

 
 
 
Milwaukee Catholic Home is delighted to welcome John Cary as the newest member of our Leadership Team. John, president and chair of our Board of Directors, is Milwaukee Catholic Home’s Fund Development Officer.

Cary’s experience and commitment to the Milwaukee Catholic Home mission make him the perfect fit for this position; Cary was Executive Director of the MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, for nearly 37 years before his retirement in 2018. The MACC Fund contributed over $63 million over these years for childhood cancer and blood disorder research.
 
“I have been fortunate to have a relationship with the Milwaukee Catholic Home for nearly a decade as a member of its Board of Directors” says Cary. “The Board shares the commitment of excellence of MCH’s Leadership which is so ably led by Dave Fulcher.  With this backdrop, I am excited to be part of the Mission Advancement Team working with Dave Fulcher, Caitlin Elftman and the rest of the dedicated staff at this time of growth and expansion.”
 
Cary’s new role is part of a Senior Management strategy to seek professional assistance for fundraising and development. With the assistance of other Leadership Team members, John’s work will include increasing giving through intentional and specific outreach, develop clear and compelling messages around the good work MCH is doing, create awareness of the new Trinity Woods campus, and implement a realistic, long-term fund development program with targets and a disciplined approach to raising money for ministry in service of older adults.
 
“I look forward to meeting the residents, staff, donors, and supporters. Their stories are part of the fabric of the rich history of the Milwaukee Catholic Home’s “Life Engaged” which is evolving and growing.” Cary further explains. “I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to become a more active member of the Milwaukee Catholic Home family.”

Dear Milwaukee Catholic Home Families and Residents,

We would like to provide you with our weekly update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. There have been no residents presenting with symptoms or positive results at MCH since our last update on June 15th.

On June 23rd, an employee that works in the Health Care Center on 3rd floor had reported mild symptoms and was immediately tested, resulting in a negative finding. Our policy requires a second test to return to work if the staff person had any symptoms. A second test was performed on June 24th, indicating a positive result. Today, our Infection Control team is testing all residents and staff that live and work on the 3rd floor in the Health Care Center. All residents on Special Care were tested this past week with all negative results. All residents upon admission to our short-term rehabilitation unit continue to require testing after admission and staff are using full Personal Protective Equipment for isolation precautions. We have tested all employees (and new employees) and continue to test any employee that may have been exposed to a person with the COVID-19 virus, presents with symptoms, or goes to the emergency room/hospital. Additionally, as test kits are made available to MCH, we are randomly testing employees.

Year to date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. As of June 23rd, there will be no positive COVID-19 residents in isolation.

Year to date, there have been 5 confirmed cases among employees. 4 employees have fully recovered. One employee is in quarantine. We continue to actively test any employees that exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Year to date, MCH has tested and retested 615 residents and staff with a total of 11 positive cases. This number is inclusive of every staff member and resident campus wide.

We continue to need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community. We continue to provide you with regular updates and communicate with you more urgently if any residents or employees test positive or 3 or more residents/staff have new onset respiratory symptoms for COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

June 12, 2020

Dear Families of all Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

We would like to provide you with an update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. To date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. Three residents have recovered and show no further symptoms. We did complete a retest of all residents living on the Special Care Unit and are happy to report that there were no additional positive results of residents since our last correspondence on June 5th.

To date, there have been 4 confirmed cases among employees. We are happy to report that there have been no additional positive test results since our last correspondence on June 5th. All 4 employees have fully recovered. We continue to actively test any employees that exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

In summary, it has been 7 days since a resident or staff member has tested positive. To date, MCH has tested 527 residents and staff with a total of 10 positive cases. This number is inclusive of every staff member and resident campus wide.

We continue to closely monitor and screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. Addtionally, no employee is to come to work if they present with any symptoms. To return to work, a negative COVD-19 test result is required. All staff and residents on campus continue to wear masks. Additionally, staff working on the Special Care Unit and short term rehabilitation (2nd floor west) are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes face shields or googles, N95 masks, protective gowns and gloves.

Please take care of yourselves and each other during these difficult times. We appreciate and need your continued support through words of encouragement to your family members and our line staff. We will continue to provide you regular weekly updates and also communicate with you more urgently if any residents or employees test positive for COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

June 5, 2020

 

Dear Families of all Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

We would like to provide you with an update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. To date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. We are happy to report that there have not been any additional positive or pending tests of residents since our last correspondence on June 2nd.

To date, there have been 4 confirmed cases among employees, 3 of whom were asymptomatic and are currently healthy without symptoms. Three of the employees were dedicated to the Special Care Unit in the Health Care Center on 2nd floor east. Included in the 3 is a new confirmed positive COVID-19 case since June 2nd. The individual was not scheduled to work since Tuesday of this week and while at home on June 5th, the employee had presented with symptoms and was subsequently tested for COVID-19. That test result was positive. This employee was also tested on May 25th and that test was negative.

We continue to closely monitor and screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. Addtionally, no employee is to come to work if they present with any symptoms. To return to work, a negative COVID-19 test result is needed. All staff and residents on campus continue to wear masks. Additionally, staff working on the Special Care Unit and Short Term Rehabilitation (2nd floor west) are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes face shields or googles, N95 masks, protective gowns and gloves. Our full time Nurse Educator continues to work with our teams to ensure proper hand washing techniquies for our residents that are not able to cleanse themselves adequately.

Please take care of yourselves and each other during these difficult times. We appreciate and need your continued support through words of encouragement to your family members and our line staff. We will continue to provide you regular weekly updates and also communicate with you more urgently if any residents or employees test positive for COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

 

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

 

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

June 2, 2020

 

Dear Families of all Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

We would like to provide you with an update on the total number of COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Catholic Home. To date, there have been 3 confirmed cases among employees, all of whom were asymptomatic and are currently healthy without symptoms. Two of the employees were dedicated to the Special Care Unit in the Health Care Center on 2nd floor east. To date, there have been a total of 6 residents in the Health Care Center, all located on the Special Care Unit, with confirmed COVID-19. One resident has died as a direct result of COVID-19. To date, the remainder of Milwaukee Catholic Home employees and residents have tested negative for COVID-19.

The Special Care Unit remains in isolation with staff wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and working only on that unit. We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff and residents on campus are required to wear masks. While this may be difficult for some, it is essential to reduce the chances of spreading the virus if someone is not symptomatic.

The City of Milwaukee Public Health Department will determine when the virus has been contained and isolation precautions are released. The determination is based on the skilled nursing facility, including the Special Care Unit, being symptom free and having no positive COVID-19 test results for both residents and staff for a 14-day period.

Please keep the residents, staff and their families on the Special Care Unit (2nd floor east) in your prayers for recovery and peace during this time

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

May 29, 2020

 

Dear Families of Milwaukee Catholic Home Residents,

This afternoon we received the final COVID-19 test results from the state contracted laboratory. All residents at Milwaukee Catholic Home (independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care) were tested on May 22nd. Those test results showed 3 positive cases located on our Special Care Unit located on the east wing of the 2nd floor in the Health Care Center. The remaining 215 residents on campus tested negative. The total number of residents testing positive is 5, all located on the Special Care Unit.

In addition to testing all the residents we have tested a majority of staff members campus wide. As of this evening, 163 individuals have been tested. There were two positive tests with 161 employees testing negative. To date there have been at total of 3 staff members that have tested positive. We will continue to test the remaining staff members over the coming days.

The Special Care Unit remains in isolation with staff wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and working only on that unit. We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff continue to wear masks during their entire shift. All residents on campus are required to wear masks. While this may be difficult for some, it is essential to reduce the chances of spreading the virus if someone is not symptomatic.

The City of Milwaukee Public Health Department will determine when the virus has been contained and isolation precautions are released.

We will be providing regular communication with you in a transparent and timely manner.

Please keep the residents, staff and their families on the Special Care Unit (2nd floor east) in your prayers.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher

CEO

Kara Grennier

Director of Residential and Supportive Living

Pat Shaughnessy

Nursing Home Administrator

 

 

May 26, 2020

 

Dear Families of the Health Care Center at Milwaukee Catholic Home,

Yesterday afternoon we learned that a second resident living on the Special Care Unit tested positive for COVID-19. Again, during our twice daily temperature checks for all residents in long-term care, it was discovered that the resident had an elevated temperature and upper respiratory symptoms. The resident’s physician and family were immediately contacted, and the resident was subsequently tested. We continue to closely monitor all residents in long-term care for elevated temperature and any reported or observed respiratory or related symptoms that would indicate COVID-19. As of this morning there were no additional symptomatic residents.

On May 22nd, we initiated and completed testing on every resident in both the Health Care Center and the Residence at 2462 for the COVID-19 virus. We are awaiting the results and will communicate with you as the results become available.

We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff continue to wear masks during their entire shift. All residents on campus are required to wear masks. While this may be difficult for some, it is essential to reduce the chances of spreading the virus if someone is not symptomatic. The Special Care Unit is in isolation with residents remaining in place and staff using full PPE when interacting with residents.

Please keep the residents on the Special Care Unit (2nd floor east) in your prayers. We are deeply saddened by this news but are more resolved than ever to reduce the spread of the virus and contain this outbreak. The City of Milwaukee Public Health Department will determine when the virus has been contained and isolation precautions are released.

Please know that we will continue to proactively communicate with you in a transparent and timely manner.

Thank you for your trust and support of our efforts during this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Fulcher                 Pat Shaughnessy

CEO                               Nursing Home Administrator

 

May 23, 2020

 

Dear Families of the Health Care Center at Milwaukee Catholic Home,

This afternoon, we learned that a resident living on the Special Care Unit tested positive for COVID-19.  During our twice daily temperature checks for all residents in long-term care, it was discovered that the resident had an elevated temperature.  The resident’s physician was immediately contacted, was sent to the emergency room for treatment and subsequently tested. Our Director of Nursing and Infection Control Nurse have notified and been in contact with the City of Milwaukee Health Department. We continue to closely monitor all residents in long-term care for elevated temperature and any reported or observed respiratory or related symptoms that would indicate COVID-19.

On May 22nd, we initiated and completed testing on every resident in both the Health Care Center and the Residence at 2462 for the COVID-19 virus. The state of Wisconsin testing laboratory estimates a 5-7 day turn around for those results. In addition, we tested a large number of employees on the same day and will continue to test until all employees have been tested.  This testing will identify any potential outbreaks and more quickly allow us to isolate and treat, thereby reducing exposure to others.

We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff continue to wear masks during their entire shift.  All residents on campus are required to wear masks.  While this may be difficult for some, it is essential to reduce the chances of spreading the virus if someone is not symptomatic. 

Please keep this resident in your prayers for continued recovery and good health. When medically stable, this person will return to Milwaukee Catholic Home and will be in isolation on our dedicated wing located on 2nd floor west until their symptoms are resolved. We will keep you all updated as changes may occur. Please know that we will continue to proactively communicate with you in a transparent and timely manner.

Thank you for your trust and support of our efforts during this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher                                         Pat Shaughnessy

CEO                                                               Nursing Home Administrator

 

 

May 21, 2020

 

Dear Families, Residents, and Staff of Milwaukee Catholic Home,

As we have promised, Milwaukee Catholic Home would notify you if any staff or resident tested positive for COVID-19.  This afternoon, we learned that a team member in the Health Care Center had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was asymptomatic.  Late this afternoon, we did confirm with our Director of Nursing that there are no residents on the entire MCH campus with reported respiratory or related symptoms that would indicate COVID-19 or that have tested positive.

We are actively conducting contact tracing to determine if and how many residents and staff may have been in contact with the team person.  In addition, we will be testing all residents and staff members that live and work at Milwaukee Catholic Home to limit any further exposure to our residents and staff. We have made the decision to test all residents based on the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the WI Dept of Health Services (DHS).  This will establish a baseline for the community moving forward.

Please be assured we have been and will continue to take measures that keep your loved ones and our team members that work at Milwaukee Catholic Home safe. We continue to screen all employees and essential personnel prior to their shift or when entering the building by using a health questionnaire and by taking their temperature. All staff continue to wear masks during their entire shift. We are also conducting frequent additional training on infection control topics such as hand washing and proper use of personal protective equipment.

Please keep this team member in your prayers for continued recovery and good health. The staff member will not return to work until all Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines are met. We will keep you all updated if there are any changes. Please know that we will continue to proactively communicate with you in a transparent and timely manner.

As always, thank you for your trust and support of our efforts.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Fulcher                                         Pat Shaughnessy

CEO                                                               Nursing Home Administrator

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