In the Community Spirit
St. Mary's Healthy Communities Programs
St. Mary's is committed to building healthy communities. Through outreach efforts, health education programs and partnerships, St. Mary's strives to meet the overwhelming needs of our community. The "Health Info" link on our website offers 24/7 access to information on a variety of health topics.
Promoting healthy pregnancy and childbirth
Historically a leader in maternity and pediatric services, St. Mary's offers such free programs as a telephone pregnancy counseling service (608/258-9123 or 1-800-362-8028). The Breastfeeding "Warm Line" (608/258-6474 or 1-800-336-6650) handles up to 100 calls a month from new mothers with questions or concerns, and more than 1,000 persons attend childbirth, parenting and adoption classes each year.
Improving access to health care
Through the Dean & St. Mary's Healthy Communities Project, St. Mary's and Dean Health System offer a Neighborhood Asthma Clinic near Verona Road. The program helps educate families who may not otherwise be receiving any health care, on how to manage asthma. For more information, click here.
St. Mary's also participates in the Dane County Coalition for Neighborhood Child Health, where low income children can receive health screenings and immunizations.
Preventing or reducing tobacco use
Since prevention is the key to controlling substance abuse, St. Mary's collaborates with the Madison Metropolitan School District and other area school districts to implement educational programs for children (Call 608/258-5068).
The St. Mary's mascot, Happy Heart, also helps spread heart-healthy messages through participation in school programs, health fairs, and parades.