2016 National Women’s History Month Honoree
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- Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich with Minnesota State Commissioner of Health Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ. Sister Ashton served as Commissioner for two terms from 1982 to 1991.
- Early in her career, a young and habited Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ, worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, to establish an outpatient department.
- Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ, in front on her religious community’s chapel in Saint Paul, Minnesota on the occasion of her retirement from St. Mary’s Health Clinics in 2000. She founded the nonprofit that still uses donated medical services to provide free health care to those in need.
- Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey hosted a Press Conference with Minnesota State Commissioner of Health Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ, to announce legislation requiring labeling of smokeless tobacco products.
- U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop with Minnesota State Commissioner of Health Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ.
- At a press conference at the Minnesota Department of Health’s Rochester District Office, Commissioner of Health, Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ discussed findings in the 1984 Minnesota Nonsmoking and Health Report.