Councils

WHA offers a variety of opportunities for its members to become involved in developing the Association’s priorities and advancing its agenda. We encourage you to participate on the councils as they are at the forefront of identifying key policy issues for the membership and making recommendations on positions to the WHA Board.
 

The Advocacy Committee will provide oversight to the fundraising activities for the Wisconsin Hospitals PAC and Conduit. This committee also engages in WHA’s grassroots advocacy efforts, including the HEAT program and Advocacy Day.

Contact: Kari Hofer, Vice President, Advocacy

Robert Van Meeteren, President/CEO - Chair
Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg

Jodi Bloch, Director, State and Local Government Relations
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Daniel DeGroot, President/CEO
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Andy (Gus) Gustafson, Dir.-Advocacy-WI/VP Public Affairs
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Madison

Andrew Hanus, Director, Government Affairs
Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee

Edward A. Harding, President and CEO
Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette

Catherine A. Jacobson, President/CEO
Froedtert Health, Milwaukee

Reggie Newson, VP/Chief Advocacy Officer
Ascension Wisconsin, Glendale

David Olson, Chief Strategy Officer, Froedtert Health
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Froedtert Hospital campus, Milwaukee

Therese Pandl, President & CEO, Eastern Wis. Division
HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay

Seth Teigen, President - Franklin & St. Francis Hospitals
Ascension Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Brian Vamstad, Manager, Government Relations
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse

Michael Wallace, President and CEO
Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson

Jeremy Levin, Director of Advocacy
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

John Russell, President and CEO - Chair
Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus

Steven Little, Regional COO
SSM Health - Wisconsin, Madison

Michael Schafer, CEO
Spooner Health, Spooner

The Council on Finance and Payment will identify and examine financial problems and issues affecting the health care delivery system in Wisconsin.

Contact: Brian Potter, Senior Vice President, Finance/Chief Operating Officer

James Nelson, Senior VP/CFO - Chair
Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson

Marc Cadieux, Chief Financial Officer
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Jim Dietsche, COO/CFO
Bellin Hospital, Green Bay

Adam Gingery, CFO
Western Wisconsin Health, Baldwin

Julie Graceffa, Director of Finance
Bellin Health System, Green Bay

Jerry Halverson, Chief Medical Officer
Rogers Memorial Hospital, Inc., Oconomowoc

Jared Handel, Reg. Dir. of Net Revenue Mgmt., Ascension Wisconsin
Ascension Wisconsin, Glendale

Julie Hansen, CFO
Mayo Clinic Health System - Northwest Wisconsin Region, Inc., Eau Claire

Scott R. Hawig, CFO
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Froedtert Hospital campus, Milwaukee

Joanne Horvath, Vice President & Controller
ThedaCare, Appleton

Arthur Mertig, Controller
Memorial Medical Center of Ashland, Ashland

Joe Minerath, System Director, Gov’t Reimbursement
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Madison

Rosalie O'Meara, Revenue Integrity and Reimbursement Manager
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Steve Palecek, Director of Finance
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire

Douglas Reding, Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Wisconsin, Glendale

John Russell, President and CEO
Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus

John Sheehan, President & SVP
UW Health at The American Center, Madison

Jason Smith, CMO
Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc., Beaver Dam

Matthew Streeter, Chief Financial Officer
Black River Memorial Hospital, Inc., Black River Falls

Jody Wilmet, Senior Vice President
Bellin Hospital, Green Bay

Joe Svetlik, Financial Consulting Services Senior Manager
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

The Council on Public Policy will provide input and counsel to WHA staff, other WHA councils and, as needed or requested, the WHA Board of Directors on WHA policy positions and advocacy related strategies. The Council serves as a venue for interaction with WHA senior staff and direct dialogue with elected policymakers and senior agency staff who are invited to participate on an issue specific basis. The Council should be comprised of hospital chief executive officers and senior level managers with operational responsibilities, to the greatest extent possible.

Contact: Kyle O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Seth Teigen, President - Franklin & St. Francis Hospitals - Chair
Ascension Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Andrew Bagnall, President and CEO, HSHS Western WI Division
HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, Eau Claire

Jan Bauman, VP of Patient Care Services
Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage

Luke Beirl, CEO
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water's Edge, Hayward

Jodi Bloch, Director, State and Local Government Relations
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Elizabeth Cliffe, Dir., Government Relations and Advocacy
Ascension Wisconsin, Glendale

Anthony Curry, Policy & Regulatory Specialist - Government Affairs
Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee

Michael Decker, President & CEO
Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage

Daniel DeGroot, President/CEO
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Larry Gille, General Counsel, EWD
HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay

Bradley Groseth, Chief Administrative Officer
Marshfield Medical Center – Rice Lake, Rice Lake

Andy (Gus) Gustafson, Dir.-Advocacy-WI/VP Public Affairs
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Madison

Andrew Hanus, Director, Government Affairs
Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee

David Hartberg, Chief Executive Officer
Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, Boscobel

Juliet Hill, Dir. Of Medical Staff Services
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire

Richard Keddington, CEO
Watertown Regional Medical Center, Watertown

Gordon Lewis, CEO
Burnett Medical Center, Grantsburg

Steven Lindberg, Chief Administrative Officer
Mayo Clinic Health System, Rochester

Maureen McNally, Chief of Staff
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Froedtert Hospital campus, Milwaukee

Ryan Natzke, Chief External Affairs Officer
Marshfield Clinic Health System, Marshfield

Rachel Roller, SVP/Government & Community Relations
Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee

Michael Schafer, CEO
Spooner Health, Spooner

Connie Schulze, Director, Government Affairs
UW Health, Madison

Jason Smith, CMO
Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc., Beaver Dam

Joy Tapper, Executive Director
Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, Milwaukee

Brian Vamstad, Manager, Government Relations
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse

Holly Winn, COO
Black River Memorial Hospital, Inc., Black River Falls

Peter Kammer, Lobbyist
The Kammer Group, LLC, Madison

Jeremy Levin, Director of Advocacy
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

Nels Rude, Government Affairs Associate
The Kammer Group, LLC, Madison

Tim Size, Executive Director
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

Scott Tyre, Consultant
Capitol Navigators, Inc.,

The Council on Rural Health will address the problems of hospitals located in Wisconsin’s rural communities and formulate the development of Association positions for solutions to these problems. It will also coordinate educational programming relating to the needs of these hospitals.

Contact: Brian Potter, Senior Vice President, Finance/Chief Operating Officer

Daniel DeGroot, President/CEO - Chair
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Luke Beirl, CEO
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water's Edge, Hayward

Chris Brabant, President and CEO
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls

Cynthia Chicker, Vice President, Professional Services
The Richland Hospital, Inc., Richland Center

Kansas Dubray, MD
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Baraboo, Baraboo

Dean Eide, Vice President - Operations
Mayo Clinic Health System-Oakridge in Osseo, Osseo

Dave Guggenbuehl, Director, Regional Services and Telemedicine
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse

Michael Gutsch, CEO/Administrator
Cumberland Healthcare, Cumberland

David Hartberg, Chief Executive Officer
Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, Boscobel

James Heise, CMO
Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay

Gordon Lewis, CEO
Burnett Medical Center, Grantsburg

Teresa Lindfors, Vice President of Growth & Development
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Arthur Mertig, Controller
Memorial Medical Center of Ashland, Ashland

Ned Moore, Chief Nursing Officer
Burnett Medical Center, Grantsburg

Sarjoo Patel, Hospital Medical Director
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

John Russell, President and CEO
Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus

Carl Selvick, Senior Director Clinical Services
Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson

Brian Stephens, Chief Executive Officer
Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay

Matthew Streeter, Chief Financial Officer
Black River Memorial Hospital, Inc., Black River Falls

DeAnn Thurmer, President/CNO
Ripon Medical Center/Waupun Memorial Hospital, Waupun

Brian Vamstad, Manager, Government Relations
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse

John Eich, Director
Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, Madison

Jeremy Levin, Director of Advocacy
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

Kathryn Miller, Rural Hospitals & Clinics Program Manager
Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, Madison

Tim Size, Executive Director
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

The Council on Workforce Development will monitor the supply and distribution of the current health care workforce. It will work to assure that an adequate supply of workers are available to staff Wisconsin hospitals. The Council will provide input into WHA’s advocacy program related to workforce issues and will also initiate and support projects related to the workforce.

Contact: Ann Zenk, Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice

Debra Rudquist, Chief Executive Officer - Chair
Amery Hospital & Clinic, Amery

Nancy Alstad, Sr. Director, Human Resources
Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson

Allen Ericson, President of St. Joseph's Hospital/Community Hospital Division
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. St. Joseph's Hosp. campus, West Bend

Michael Gutsch, CEO/Administrator
Cumberland Healthcare, Cumberland

Beth Harrop, Sr. Director, Human Resources
Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls

Amy Hermes, CNO/VP Patient Services
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Chris Jensema, Chief Human Resources Officer
Hospital Sisters Health System - Eastern WI Division, Green Bay

Kristin Kunz, Director, Talent Acquisition
UW Health, Madison

Ken Lee, HR Division Chair
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Eau Claire

Tom McCawley, Vice President
Beloit Health System, Beloit

Denise McMahon, Director of People Services
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls

Linda Mingus, VP HR
Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage

Carrie Penovich, Chief Clinical Services Officer
Aurora Medical Center - Manitowoc County, Two Rivers

Mason Quackenbush, Director, Recruitment
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse

Tracy Rogers, Chief Operating Officer
Ascension Wisconsin, Glendale

Christopher Schmitz, AVP Human Resources
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Linda Taplin Statz, System Vice President - Human Resources
SSM Health - Wisconsin, Inc., Madison

Joanne Preston, Workforce & Organizational Development Senior Manager
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City

Eric Borgerding, President/CEO
Wisconsin Hospital Association, Madison

1. Vet WHA physician advocacy issues
2. Source physician issues where WHA advocacy maybe of value to physicians
3. Vehicle for making WHA member physician leaders aware of WHA activities of interest to them
4. Provide structure to guide physician leadership development program
5. Platform for networking among senior physician leaders
6. Means for senior physician learning focused on current issues
7. Sharing of “best practices” regarding issues common to physician leaders

Contact: Mark Kaufman MD, Chief Medical Officer

Steve Kulick, Chief Experience Officer - Chair
Marshfield Clinic Health System, Marshfield

Ryan Andrews, Chief Medical Officer
Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau

Derek Colmenares, Chief Medical Officer
SSM Health St. Agnes Hospital - Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac

Rich Cooley, Chief Physician Executive
Eastern Wisconsin Division - HSHS, Green Bay

Kansas Dubray, MD
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Baraboo, Baraboo

David Goldberg, Chief Medical Officer, Community Hospital Division
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Community Mem. Hosp. campus, Menomonee Falls

Michael Gutzeit, Chief Medical Officer
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Jerry Halverson, Chief Medical Officer
Rogers Memorial Hospital, Inc., Oconomowoc

James Heise, CMO
Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay

Brian Johnson, Chief Medical Officer
Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Green Bay

Mark Kehrberg, Consultant
Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay

Ken Klein, Vice President, Medical Affairs
Beloit Health System (System), Beloit

George Lange, MD
Wisconsin Medical Society, Madison

Mark Lodes, Community Physicians President
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Community Mem. Hosp. campus, Menomonee Falls

Esteban Miller, Chief Medical Officer
Black River Memorial Hospital, Inc., Black River Falls

John Newman, Aurora Central Region CMO
Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, Oshkosh

Thomas Nichols, Vice President, Medical Affairs
Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Campus, Appleton

Sarjoo Patel, Hospital Medical Director
Stoughton Hospital Association, Stoughton

Dean Pollnow, Chief Medical Officer
Holy Family Memorial, Inc., Manitowoc

Douglas Reding, Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Wisconsin, Weston

Andrew Resnick, Chief Medical Officer
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Froedtert Hospital campus, Milwaukee

Daniel Ross, Vice President of Medical Affairs
Ascension All Saints Hospital, Racine

Todd Schad, Medical Staff President, Prairie Clinic
Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Prairie du Sac

Richard Shimp, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Milwaukee

Hank Simpson, VCMO
Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar, Inc., Menomonie

Jason Smith, CMO
Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc., Beaver Dam

Peter Stamas, Vice President Medical Affairs
Ascension St. Clare's Hospital, Inc., Weston

Mark Thompson, CMO; Physician Integration; WI Region
SSM Health - Wisconsin, Inc., Madison

Jonathon D. Truwit, Enterprise CMO and Sr. Admin. Dean
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wis. Froedtert Hospital campus, Milwaukee

Thomas Voelker, Chief Medical Officer
Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics, Inc., Wisconsin Rapids

Richard Welnick, MD, Medical Director, Ambulatory Clinic Operations
UW Health, Madison