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New Undergraduate Award Honors WHA President Steve Brenton

Steve BrentonHealth care is one of the fastest growing sectors and among the largest employers in the United States. With that growth comes complexity and a need for talented leadership to shape policy. A unique collaboration among hospitals, individual donors, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will help recognize the health policy leaders of tomorrow.

A new award in honor of Stephen Brenton (BA’76, Political Science), the outgoing president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), will support UW-Madison Political Science majors in the College of Letters & Science interested in health policy. Hospitals across the state joined Brenton’s friends and colleagues to celebrate his distinguished career by establishing an endowment that will cover in-state tuition for a UW-Madison student each year. (Read more)

Passionate Drivers of Positive Change
by Susan Kreimer, H&HN Magazine, August 2014

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Wisconsin has a national reputation for its high-quality, high-value health care. The American Hospital Association recently recognized WHA’s role in helping to facilitate quality improvement with the 108 hospitals that are participating in the WHA Partner’s for Patients initiative and other leading-edge activities that have helped Wisconsin raise the bar for clinical excellence. Below is an article reprinted with permission from H&HN magazine that features an interview with WHA President Steve Brenton.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association has achieved statewide clinical improvement milestones worthy of recognition by building strategic partnerships that advance quality care.  (Read more)

High-quality, high-value health care is a hallmark in Wisconsin. Hospital systems are improving quality, increasing efficiency and delivering value to employers and residents in their communities. This week we feature the work of Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics.

Small Group makes a Big Impact at Aspirus Medford  Partners for Patients logo

The following was shared with WHA quality department staff, as written by Nicole Kollmansberger, a surgical/quality RN, Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics, for their internal newsletter. Aspirus Medford is a participant in WHA’s Partners for Patients collaborative. According to Tom Kaster, WHA quality coordinator, "This is a great example of the passion and enthusiasm that can result when a staff works as a team to reduce patient harm." In addition, this illustrates for small hospitals measuring the "days between" events is more meaningful than only looking at rates – which can fluctuate greatly from month to month because of small numbers of patients. (Read more)

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