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  • Writer's pictureJulie Miskoviak

Creating a brighter tomorrow across the state

Because no one journey to mental wellness is the same and medications are not always effective, there is another way. Many are finding a new, happier way to live thanks to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy.

TMS therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses repetitive magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to help with symptoms of depression and other mental health conditions. TMS is used when other methods of treatments and medications have not been successful.


Thanks to your ongoing support, TMS therapy has been implemented at Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Campus and Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital - Milwaukee Campus and will soon start at Ascension All Saints Hospital.


While TMS has been implemented just a short while ago, six patients are already receiving treatment at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s. Two patients have successfully completed the therapy and the TMS team reported that the program is growing everyday.


“Bruce had been struggling with treatment-resistant depression for years. He had tried various medications and therapies without significant improvement,” said Hali, the TMS Coordinator for Outpatient Behavioral Health Milwaukee. “After undergoing a course of TMS therapy, Bruce experienced a noticeable reduction in depressive symptoms, his mood improved and he reported feeling more motivated, engaged in daily activities, and is able to enjoy life again.”


Emilia Beach, TMS Program Coordinator at Ascension St. Elizabeth, shared that their TMS department has completed treatments for 58 patients this fiscal year. Three of those patients are in full remission of their depression and anxiety symptoms and 50 have noticed

significant improvements in symptoms.


“One of our patients was free of all depression symptoms after treatment. She is able to go out and spend time with friends and family. She started cooking, cleaning and driving by herself for the first time in several years. By the end of treatment she stated ‘I have my life back. I am able to enjoy things again.’ She now feels more positive and is able to look towards the future because of TMS therapy,” Emilia said.


Behavioral health and wellness is an important area of support and a continued growing need for Ascension Wisconsin. Our Foundations have invested in several mental health initiatives over the past year, including adding another TMS therapy chair at Ascension St. Elizabeth.


The total investment amount to behavioral health services and enhancements last fiscal year is $344,876 because of your support. Thank you for making a difference for so many in our communities.

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