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Healthcare leadership changing hands at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

La Crosse (WXOW) – After more than a century, healthcare leadership is changing hands inside the Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse.

During a ceremony on Wednesday, sponsorship was transferred from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to the Mayo Clinic.

The event reflected on the incredible impact the sisters have had on healthcare in the community, thanking them for their contributions and focusing on carrying that legacy, and the Franciscan spirit, forward.

“The sisters have made incredible contributions to the community over the years,” remarked Joe Kruse, Regional Chair of Administration with Mayo Clinic Health System. “In healthcare they’ve been visionary and also have been willing to change to meet the needs of the times and I think that flexibility is something that maybe would be their legacy.”

“We’re always looking at the signs of the times and we’re discerning them,” said Sister Eileen McKenzie, President of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. “No one can do everything for everyone, so what is ours to do?”

The sisters now say their focus will shift to expanded ministries. That includes areas of social justice, including the need for affordable housing, work to help the homeless and the fight against human trafficking.

It was back in 1883 that the FSPA built St. Francis Hospital. It was western Wisconsin’s first hospital, and through the years and changes that followed, it has been a symbol of the sisters’ vision of caring.

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