Every year one individual in each state is honored as a “Grassroots Champion” by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in consultation with state hospital associations. This year WHA nominated Joan Coffman, president/CEO, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, to receive the AHA Grassroots Champion Award for her service and efforts.
“You have earned this special recognition through your dedication to the hospital mission, on both the local and on the national level,” said Rick Pollack, AHA president/CEO. “We want others to be inspired by your commitment to making the hospital voice heard….”
Coffman currently serves on WHA’s Board of Directors, helping guide the Association’s work. She is also the chair-elect to AHA’s Section on Small or Rural Hospitals. In addition to serving in these capacities, Coffman regularly participates in WHA grassroots advocacy initiatives, including Advocacy Day, promoting the WHA grassroots program, HEAT, hosting local legislators and more.
“WHA is grateful for the years of grassroots commitment Joan Coffman has given to our Association, but more importantly to her patients, her hospital and her community in these ways,” said Jenny Boese, WHA vice president, federal affairs & advocacy. “From promoting and attending WHA’s Advocacy Day each year to meeting and communicating regularly with elected officials, she is exactly what a grassroots champion should be. WHA is honored to present her with this well-deserved national recognition.”