September 11 2015
Volume 59, Issue 36

Wisconsin Enrollment Conference – September 28-29 in Green Lake
Open enrollment for exchange marketplace begins November 1

As the third year of open enrollment in the health insurance exchange marketplace is set to begin November 1, Wisconsin’s enrollment assisters are gearing up to once again assist individuals throughout their communities. 

As in past years, WHA is helping to sponsor the Wisconsin Enrollment Conference, hosted by Covering Kids & Families, in collaboration with other statewide partners. The Conference will be held at the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake, Wisconsin, September 29-30, 2015. Enrollment assisters can meet the state pre-licensing or continuing education credits by attending the conference. More information on the conference can be found here:

Benefit year 2016 begins January 1, 2016, with open enrollment running from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. 

CMS released an updated enrollment report this week reflecting exchange enrollment by state for benefit year 2015. The data represents all enrollments through June 30, 2015. As in previous reports, Wisconsin is shown to have nearly 184,000 individuals enrolled in the exchange, with approximately 90 percent receiving advanced premium tax credits. Only eight states have a greater percent of individuals in the exchange receiving premium credits. The latest data from CMS can be found here:

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Poster Presentation Opportunity at WCMEW Team-Based Care Summit

The Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) will hold its second annual Team-Based Care Summit November 12 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. Health care teams are invited to submit a project to be showcased as a poster display.

The goals of the 2015 Summit are to 1) promote inter-professional learning and dialogue about team-based care to support system change in practice; and, 2) describe and provide tools and strategies to advance team-based care in Wisconsin. The planning committee has set aside time during the Summit for a poster showcase to allow teams to learn from and network with one another (November 12 from 11:50 am – 1:20 pm).

Projects focused on the following topics will be considered for poster displays at the Summit:

To submit, please complete the form located at: by 5:00 pm October 1. A description of your project (250 words or less) must address one of the four topics listed above.

Selected submissions will be notified by October 15 and asked to prepare a poster display and send a representative(s) from their team to participate in the networking session on November 12. 

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Political Action Spotlight: $90,000 Needed to Reach the 2015 Goal

The 2015 Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC and Conduit Fundraising Campaign has raised $180,000 to date from 221 individuals. The average contribution is $814, but contributions range from $15 to $6,500. The 2015 campaign is currently at 67 percent of the goal to raise $270,300 by the end of the year. 

The Campaign is entering the last quarter, and there are still 281 individuals who contributed in 2014 or 2013 who have yet to contribute this year. Thank you to the contributors to date who are listed below by name and affiliated organization by contribution amount category. The next publication of the contributor list will be in the September 25 edition of The Valued Voice

For more information, contact Jodi Bloch at 608-217-9508 or Jenny Boese at 608-274-1820.

Contributors Ranging from $1 - $499  
Anderson, Phil Sacred Heart Hospital
Appleby, Jane Aurora Health Care
Ballentine, Anne Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Bayer, Tom St. Vincent Hospital
Bard, Jeffrey Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh
Bollig, Dale SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Brenny, Terrence Stoughton Hospital
Brisch, Donald Holy Family Memorial
Cardinal, Lori Agnesian HealthCare
Carter, Shane Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh
Clark, Julie HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Clark, Renee Fort HealthCare
Cliffe Kucharski, Elizabeth Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Collins, Sherry Wisconsin Hospital Association
Colman, Gerard Aurora Health Care
Coniff, Barbara HSHS - St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
Coopman, Dianne St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Cormier, Laura Bellin Hospital
Culotta, Jennifer St. Clare Hospital & Health Svcs
Curran-Meuli, Jane Holy Family Memorial
Davidson, Lisa Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
Dettman, Amy Bellin Hospital
Donlon, Marcia Holy Family Memorial
Dube, Troy Chippewa Valley Hospital
Dux, Larry Froedtert & MCW Community Mem. Hosp
Evans, Kim Bellin Hospital
Feeney, John Community Health Network, Inc.
Fielding, Laura Holy Family Memorial
Freitag, Vanessa                       Our Lady of Victory Hospital
Gullicksrud, Lynn Sacred Heart Hospital
Gutsch, Mike Cumberland Healthcare
Hafeman, Paul St. Vincent Hospital
Halida, Cheryl HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Hamilton, Mark UW Hospitals and Clinics
Harrington, Kathleen Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Hernandez, Terri HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Hofer, John Bay Area Medical Center
Jelle, Laura St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Kaufmann, Marilyn Holy Family Memorial
Kelsey Foley, Kathy Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Klay, Chris HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Klay, Lois HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Knutzen, Barbara Agnesian HealthCare
Koebke, Troy Bellin Hospital
Krueger, Kari St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Lampman, Sandra St. Mary's Hospital
Leschke, John Mercy Medical Center
Lynch, Sue Mayo Health System - Franciscan HC
Maurer, Mary Holy Family Memorial
Mays, Laura Stoughton Hospital Association
McArdle, PeggyAnn Agnesian HealthCare
McMeans, Scott Holy Family Memorial
Mercer, Carla Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Merrick, Marianne SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Miller, Thomas Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Nevers, Rick Aspirus, Inc.
O'Hara, Tiffanie Sundial Software
Olson, Bonnie Sacred Heart Hospital
Ordinans, Karen Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Palecek, Steve HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Peck, Lori Aspirus, Inc.
Peiffer, Susan Sacred Heart Hospital
Penovich, Carrie Aurora Medical Center - Two Rivers
Pritchard, Paul Prevea Health/HSHS
Range, Bonnie Holy Family Memorial
Riddle, Roberta Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Rocheleau, John Bellin Health
Roethle, Linda Bellin Memorial Hospital
Roundy, Ann Columbus Community Hospital
Schaetzl, Ron SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Schubring, Randy Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Sciuti, Jennifer Aurora Health Care
Selle, Ginger St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Statz, Darrell Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Stelzer, Jason St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Swanson, Kaitlin HSHS-Eastern WI Division
Tapper, Joy Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
Theiler, Brian Gundersen Tri-County Hospitals & Clinics 
Thornton, Eric SSM - St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Van Abel, Lois Bellin Hospital
Vergos, Katherine Agnesian - Ripon Medical Center
Walker, Troy St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Werkheiser, Cindy Monroe Clinic
Wheeler, Susan St. Nicholas Hospital
Whitinger, Margaret Agnesian HealthCare
Wold, Gwen Amery Regional Medical Center
Contributors Ranging from $500 - $999
Bagnall, Andrew St. Nicholas Hospital
Bailet, Jeffrey Aurora Health Care
Dexter, Donn Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Dicus-Johnson, Coreen Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Dietsche, James Bellin Hospital
Dolohanty, Naomi Aurora Health Care
Ericson, Allen Froedtert & MCW HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital Campus
Frangesch, Wayne Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Freimund, Rooney Bay Area Medical Center
Furlong, Marian Hudson Hospital & Clinics
Golanowski, Marie Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Graul, Mark Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Gullingsrud, Tim Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home
Gustafson, Andy SSM Health Care-Wisconsin
Hanson, Gail Aurora Health Care
Heaney, Dwight Fort HealthCare 
Jablonski, James Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Jacobson, Terry St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior
Jensema, Christine HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Kersten, Juliet Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Kingston, Mary Beth Aurora Health Care
Kirsch, Jennifer Gundersen Health System
Korom, Nancy Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Lange, George Westgate Medical Group, CSMCP
Larson, Margaret Mercy Medical Center
Latta, Richard Godfrey & Kahn, SC 
Lindberg, Steve Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar
McNally, Maureen Froedtert & MCW
Miller, Thomas Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Mohorek, Ronald Ministry Health Care
Mulder, Doris Beloit Health System 
Nelson, James Fort HealthCare
O’Day, Thomas Godfrey & Kahn, SC
Oland, Charisse Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Ose, Peggy Riverview Hospital Association 
Peterson, Douglas Chippewa Valley Hospital
Quinn, George Wisconsin Hospital Association
Reardon, Brian Hospital Sisters Health System
Roesler, Bruce The Richland Hospital
Rohrbach, Dan Southwest Health Center
Rozenfeld, Jon St. Mary’s Hospital - Madison
Rude, Nels The Kammer Group
Sczygelski, Sidney Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Seitz, Verna ProHealth Care, Inc.
Selberg, Heidi HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Shabino, Charles Wisconsin Hospital Association
Shorter, Tom Godfrey & Kahn, SC
Simaras, Jim Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Sisney, Mary Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Stuart, Philip Tomah Memorial Hospital
Teigen, Seth St. Mary’s Hospital 
Thurmer, DeAnn Waupun Memorial Hospital
Van Court, Bernie Bay Area Medical Center
Van Meeteren, Bob Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Yaron, Rachel Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital
Zenk, Ann Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital
Contributors Ranging from $1,000 - $1,499
Ashenhurst, Karla Ministry Health Care
Bedwell, Elizabeth Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Bloch, Jodi Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brenton, Andrew Wisconsin Hospital Association 
Connors, Larry St. Mary's & St. Vincent Hospital
Cullen-Schultz, Jeannie JP Cullen & Sons
Geboy, Scott Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman
Geraghty, Tricia Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Gorelick, Marc Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Gunn, Veronica Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Just, Lisa Aurora Health Care-South Region
Kerwin, George Bellin Hospital
Killoran, Carrie Aurora Health Care
Lewis, Jonathan St. Mary's Hospital 
McCawley, Thomas Beloit Health System
McGowan, Kathryne Aspirus, Inc.
Punzenberger, Lindsay Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 
Reynolds, Sheila Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 
Rickelman, Debbie WHA Information Center
Robertstad, John ProHealth Care - Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
Roller, Rachel Aurora Health Care
Rush, Steven Wisconsin Hospital Association
Sato, Thomas Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Schafer, Michael Spooner Health System
Shanahan, Thomas Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Swanson, Kerry St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital
White-Jacobs, Mary Beth          Black River Memorial Hospital
Wolf, Edward Lakeview Medical Center
Contributors Ranging from $1,500 - $1,999
Boese, Jennifer Wisconsin Hospital Association 
Clapp, Nicole Grant Regional Health Center 
Coffman, Joan HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Court, Kelly Wisconsin Hospital Association 
Decker, Michael Divine Savior Healthcare 
Dotson, Jason Beloit Health System
Frank, Jennifer Wisconsin Hospital Association 
Grasmick, Mary Kay Wisconsin Hospital Association 
Harding, Edward Bay Area Medical Center
Kammer, Peter The Kammer Group
McKevett, Timothy Beloit Health System
Natzke, Ryan Marshfield Clinic 
Nauman, Michael Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Olson, David Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Russell, John Columbus Community Hospital 
Schulze, Connie Ministry Health Care 
Sexton, William Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center
Sheehan, John UW Hospitals and Clinics
Wallace, Michael Fort HealthCare
Contributors Ranging from $2,000 - $2,999
Alig, Joanne Wisconsin Hospital Association
Anderson, Sandy St. Clare Hospital & Health Svcs
Duncan, Robert Children's Hospital & Health System
Herzog, Mark Holy Family Memorial
Hilt, Monica St. Elizabeth Hospital
Kachelski, Joe WI Statewide Health Info Network 
Leitch, Laura Hall Render
Levin, Jeremy Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative 
Lewis, Gordon Burnett Medical Center 
Meyer, Daniel Aurora BayCare Medical Ctr Green Bay
Oliverio, John Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Pandl, Therese HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Potter, Brian Wisconsin Hospital Association
Potts, Dennis Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Sanders, Michael Monroe Clinic 
Sliwinski, Ron UW Hospitals and Clinics
Stanford, Matthew Wisconsin Hospital Association
Troy, Peggy Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Contributors Ranging from $3,000 - $4,999
Boatwright, Damond SSM Health Care-Wisconsin
Jacobson, Catherine Froedtert & The MCW 
Little, Steve Agnesian Health Care
Mettner, Michelle Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 
Neufelder, Dan Ministry Health Care
Normington, Jeremy Mercy Medical Center
O’Brien, Kyle Wisconsin Hospital Association
Standridge, Deb Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Starmann-Harrison, Mary  Hospital Sisters Health System
Turkal, Nick Aurora Health Care
Contributors Ranging from $5,000+
Borgerding, Eric & Dana   Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brenton, Stephen Wisconsin Hospital Association
Size, Tim Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Tyre, Scott Capitol Navigators, Inc.

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Applications Now Available for Transforming Care at the Bedside Cohort 4

Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) is one of WHA’s most successful improvement initiatives. In the words of one chief nursing officer who led a TCAB team, “TCAB has been a game changer for our nursing units.”

In recognition of the significant benefit that WHA members derive from the program, when funding for TCAB from the Aligning Forces for Quality grant ended, the Wisconsin Hospital Association made the decision to fully support the program. 

“Our members have greatly valued the expanded skill set that TCAB has brought to their staff,” according to WHA Chief Quality Officer Kelly Court. “WHA will continue to make TCAB available to our hospitals by offering an opportunity to join our newest cohort.” 

The primary aim of the 18-month collaborative is to expand a hospital’s capacity for improvement by empowering nurses and other bedside caregivers to identify gaps, teach colleagues to apply solid quality improvement skills, and then work as a team to test and implement process changes. Although originally designed for medical-surgical units, TCAB teams have come from OB, critical care units and emergency services.

The official application period to join Cohort 4 will close September 24. To receive an application, contact WHA Quality Manager Stephanie Sobczak at

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Rep. Nygren Releases Second Round of HOPE Legislation 
Four bills focus on abuse of prescription pain medication and heroin

State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) held a press conference in the State Capitol on September 8 to announce another round of legislation focused on Wisconsin’s heroin and opiate abuse epidemic. In 2013, Nygren introduced and successfully enacted into law a package of bills called HOPE legislation (Heroin, Opiate, Prevention and Education). In a press statement, Nygren stated that the latest package of bills will build upon the last HOPE package by helping to “reduce instances of drug abuse” and “address the root of our state’s heroin problem.”

The package of legislation, which was circulated to state lawmakers for co-sponsorship September 11, would do the following:

Nygren met with WHA’s Physician Leaders Council in June to discuss his initial ideas for legislation. The Council had a robust hour-long conversation with Nygren, discussing the tactics and tools that hospitals and health systems are currently using to combat drug-seeking behavior and how those tools could be strengthened by the Legislature. The Council provided Nygren with feedback on the operation of the PDMP, describing the program as “clunky” and, at times, difficult to access even though the Council placed tremendous value on the information that the PDMP provides.

WHA’s government relations team will continue to monitor this package of legislation and utilize our councils, including the Physician Leaders Council, to provide feedback to state lawmakers.

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WHA Webinar Focuses on APC Hospitalist Program Implementation

On October 6, WHA, in partnership with the law firm Quarles & Brady, is offering a webinar focusing on the steps hospitals need to take in order to implement an advanced practice clinician (APC) hospitalist program. The presentation will discuss bylaw considerations, privileging documents, co-signature timeframes, and recommended policies and procedures.

There is no fee for WHA hospital and corporate members to participate, but pre-registration is required. This WHA Member Forum webinar series is intended for and limited to staff of WHA hospital and WHA corporate members only, as a benefit of membership.

You can view a complete description of this session and register online at

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October Conference Features “Health Care as an Economic Development Asset” 

“Health Care as an Economic Development Asset” is one of several topics that will be featured at the Business Ready WI - 2015 Annual Conference hosted by Economic Development Washington County (EDWC), October 5-6 in West Bend at the West Bend Mutual Insurance-Prairie Center. WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding and UW-Whitewater Economist Russ Kashian, PhD, will present “Health Care as an Economic and Workforce Development Asset” on October 6. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will open the conference that same day with her keynote address, “Let’s Grow Wisconsin.”

This event features a full-day conference October 6, with special interest sessions the afternoon of October 5. The Business Ready WI - Annual Conference is designed to provide a unique learning and networking experience for business professionals, public administrators and community leaders at all levels. This event also provides an opportunity to share best practices with those interested in local and regional business growth, new job creation and expanding economic prosperity across Wisconsin. The theme of the conference is, “Powering Economic Growth through Investment, Innovation, and Workforce.”

Wisconsin hospital and health system leaders see great value for their communities by their participation in economic development activities. Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics recently sponsored an economic development conference in Green Lake.

“Economic development is the cornerstone of improving the health status of rural communities,” said Don Heinz, CEO, Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics. “Access to well-paying jobs can lead to more opportunities for residents to make healthier lifestyle choices for their families.”

More than 200 public, private, and regional leaders are expected to attend this annual event. The agenda and online registration are available on the conference website at http:/, or you may contact EDWC at 262-335-5769.

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Member News: Keddington Named New Watertown Regional Medical Center CEO 

The Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) Board of Directors and LifePoint Health announced that Richard Keddington has been selected to serve as WRMC’s chief executive officer (CEO) effective September 14. He will replace John Kosanovich who is retiring after serving as WRMC’s CEO for 20 years. 

“Richard’s proven ability to successfully lead and operate hospitals, his experience with strategic planning and his commitment to compassionate, quality care made him a natural fit for the top leadership post,” said Jeff Baum, chairman of the WRMC Board of Directors. “Under Richard’s leadership, WRMC will continue to be a trusted choice for health care in Watertown and our surrounding communities for years to come.” 

An experienced hospital administrator, Keddington served for the past five years as CEO of Select Specialty Hospital, a two-campus, 63-bed hospital in Milwaukee, where he managed the hospital’s daily operations and implemented an overarching strategic plan.

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