WHA Awards

For more than 55 years, the Wisconsin Hospital Association has honored individuals who have served the health care community. WHA’s annual awards have recognized a broad array of distinguished health care leaders throughout Wisconsin including health care executives, public officials, health care trustees, auxilians, clergy, educators and physicians for their extensive service in support of health care.


WHA Trustee Award:  honors trustees of WHA member organizations who have made an exemplary commitment to their hospital and to the community they serve.

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HSHS St. Vincent & St. Mary’s Dan Platkowski Wins WHA 2019 Trustee Award

Praised for the ability to utilize his engineering background in helping to strengthen two hospitals, Dan Platkowski, a nineyear veteran on the boards of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center – including as chair for the last three years – received the WHA 2019 Trustee Award Dec. 5, 2019 in Green Bay.

Part of WHA’s long history of lauding individuals for serving the health care community, the Trustee Award honors those who have made an exemplary commitment to their hospitals and the communities they serve by serving as a trustee.

An engineer and president of Pine Ridge Engineering in De Pere, Platkowski brought passions for safety and quality to the boards on which he served. In her letter nominating Platkowski for the honor, HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division President and CEO Therese Pandl shared how Platkowski is “very dedicated to committing highly reliable, safe and effective care for our community.” Read more.
 

 

WHA Trustee Award:  honors trustees of WHA member organizations who have made an exemplary commitment to their hospital and to the community they serve.

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Stoughton Hospital’s Dan Hanson Wins WHA 2019 Trustee Award

Lauded as “exactly the kind of person this award is meant to recognize,” Dan Hanson, chair of the board of directors for the Stoughton Hospital Association, received the WHA 2019 Trustee Award Nov. 25 in Stoughton. WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding presented the award.

Awarded for more than 60 years, this annual honor recognizes a trustee of a WHA member organization who has made an exemplary commitment to their hospital and the community they serve.

“He is committed to improvement through accountability and working with the administration and management to continuously raise hospital performance,” Borgerding said of Hanson as he presented the award, pointing out how Stoughton Hospital has been recognized multiple times for high achievement during Hanson’s seven years on the board. “And looking to the future of Stoughton Hospital, Dan has mentored and developed future board members from within the communities the hospital serves.” Read more.
 

 

WHA Distinguished Service Award:  honors senior health care executives who have made an exemplary commitment to WHA and the communities they serve.

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Troy of Children’s Wisconsin Wins 2019 WHA Distinguished Service Award

Nominated by a wide array of public officials, health care leaders and the grateful mother of a patient, Children’s Wisconsin President and CEO Peggy Troy was awarded this week a WHA 2019 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes senior executives who have made an exemplary commitment to both WHA and the communities they serve.

“I’ve seen Peggy in action many times, and can unequivocally say that I’ve never met or worked with anyone more committed to expanding and improving access to health care for underserved kids, and there is no stronger advocate for the resources to do that work – including successfully advocating for increased and sustained funding for the CHIP program in Washington and the DSH program here in Wisconsin,” WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding said when presenting Troy with the award on Nov. 19 at a meeting of 500 Children’s Wisconsin staff leaders in Waukesha. “She is a tireless champion and impactful voice for children and their families in front of the media and our elected officials.

“And not just in southeast Wisconsin,” Borgerding continued, “but across the state and, quite frankly, the country.”        Read more.
 

 

WHA Distinguished Service Award:  honors senior health care executives who have made an exemplary commitment to WHA and the communities they serve.

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Pandl of HSHS-Eastern WI wins 2019 WHA Distinguished Service Award

Cited as one who “embodies the spirit of this award,” HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division President and CEO Therese Pandl was recently awarded a WHA 2019 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes senior executives who have made an exemplary commitment to WHA and the communities they serve. Pandl received the award from WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding at an HSHS senior leadership meeting earlier this month.</p>

“For more than 60 years WHA has recognized those who are dedicated to leadership and participation not only in WHA but in their home communities,” Borgerding said when presenting the award. “I’m very proud to be able to present this award to someone I’ve known a long time and have seen how much she cares about her community and WHA.”

The HSHS-Eastern District of Wisconsin includes HSHS St. Vincent Hospital (Green Bay), HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center (Green Bay), HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital (Oconto Falls) and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital (Sheboygan).        Read more.
 

 

The AHA Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital and who are tireless advocates for hospitals and their patients.

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David Lally Presented with AHA "Grassroots Champion" Award

Following a meeting with Congressman Glen Grothman on August 28 in Mequon, WHA Director of State and Federal Relations Jon Hoelter presented HSHS Director of Business Development David Lally with an American Hospital Association (AHA) “Grassroots Champion” award. The award is given out each year by AHA to one individual in each state. Lally received the award for Wisconsin for his dedication and commitment to grassroots advocacy.

“WHA is pleased to present this AHA Grassroots Champion award to David Lally for his advocacy efforts in support of hospitals and health systems,” said Hoelter in presenting the award. “David is committed to the hospital mission and is a leader in promoting the value of hospitals to legislators, other influence leaders and to his community. Whether it’s heading to Washington, D.C., the state capitol in Madison, or joining us for meetings with legislators in their own communities, David is always jumping at the opportunity to advocate on behalf of his hospital, and Wisconsin health care as a whole. WHA truly appreciates his passion and dedication to advocacy.”

“We depend upon strong local voices to help tell the story of hospitals,” said Eric Borgerding, WHA President & CEO. “This award is recognition of the strong advocacy and dedication David Lally brings to his community and his hospital.”

 

Advocacy All-Star Award:  recognizes one hospital or health care system each year that exemplifies dedication to grassroots advocacy.

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Reedsburg Area Medical Center Receives WHA’s 2019 Advocacy All-Star Award

Reedsburg Area Medical Center received the WHA 2019 Advocacy All-Star Award at WHA’s annual Advocacy Day in Madison. Bob Van Meeteren, President and CEO of Reedsburg Area Medical Center and 2018 chair of the WHA Board of Directors, accepted this award before nearly 1,000 hospital supporters at Advocacy Day.

“Reedsburg Area Medical Center has been an outstanding advocacy partner with WHA,” said Eric Borgerding, WHA President and CEO. “We are a successful advocacy organization because of proactive policy development, effective lobbying, and actively engaged members like Reedsburg Area Medical Center.”

Van Meeteren acknowledged the support of Reedsburg Area Medical Center’s Board of Directors and senior administrative team in making the organization’s advocacy work possible. Several members of the board and senior team were in attendance.

“When I was told Reedsburg Area Medical Center would be receiving this award, I thought about everything that goes into advocacy. The fact that we have 1,000 people that attend this event each year, the many productive trips to Washington, D.C., the times we have hosted the Governor or legislators at our WHA meetings, how we are asked to testify in front of various legislative committees, the letters we are asked to review and sign…and the list goes on. None of this advocacy would be possible without the extremely talented team at WHA,” said Van Meeteren.

Reedsburg Area Medical Center actively participates on WHA’s Board, councils and work groups, attends advocacy events in Madison and Washington, D.C., engages directly with state and federal lawmakers back in their districts, and has shown strong growth in the number of new Hospitals Education & Advocacy Team (HEAT) members - a statewide network designed to facilitate grassroots involvement on state and federal issues that impact Wisconsin’s hospitals.
 

 

Health Care Advocate Award:  presented in recognition of partnership with WHA in supporting issues that enable the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care in Wisconsin.

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Senator Janis Ringhand Receives 2019 Health Care Advocate of the Year Award

State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) was honored with WHA’s annual Health Care Advocate of the Year award. Tim McKevett, WHA Board member and Beloit Health System President and CEO, presented this year’s award to Ringhand at WHA’s Advocacy Day event in Madison in recognition of her support for policies that enable the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care in Wisconsin.

“We are grateful to have such a strong supporter of hospitals in the Wisconsin State Senate. Janis’ common-sense approach to policy-making has made her an important partner with the Wisconsin Hospital Association and someone I have enjoyed working with over the years,” said McKevett. “We commend and thank Janis for her leadership on health care policy and strong partnership with Wisconsin hospitals.”

During her tenure in the Legislature, Ringhand has supported important health care policies including:
• Co-authoring legislation to address concerns regarding the process for transporting
patients in mental health crisis from a hospital emergency department to another care setting. The legislation received bipartisan support in the state legislature and was signed into law last spring as 2017 Wisconsin Act 140.
• Advancing Wisconsin health care workforce training programs for rural communities, reimbursement increases for high-Medicaid hospitals and innovative care delivery pilot programs to better utilize Medicaid resources.
• Joining a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to support a very important piece of legislation clarifying Wisconsin’s informed consent standard for physicians while in the State Assembly.
 

 

WHA Lifetime Achievement Award:  given to a member in recognition of leadership, service and partnership with WHA in advocating for better health care for Wisconsin communities.

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Jerry Worrick Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

The President and CEO of Door County Medical Center, Gerald “Jerry” Worrick, was honored with WHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Rural Health conference.  Door County Medical Center is a critical access facility serving approximately 29,000 people from Door and Kewaunee counties year-round. That number explodes when more than 1.25 million visitors descend upon Door County every summer.

Worrick received the award in recognition of his leadership, service, and partnership with WHA in advocating for better health care for Wisconsin communities—serving a combined 45 years for WHA.  He served on the WHA Board for eight years, including serving as chair in 2003.  Worrick has been part of the Nominating and Awards, Council on Public Policy, the Property, Financial Solutions and Advocacy committees—and last but certainly not least, on the Council on Rural Health for 14 years.