President's Message: WHA 2017 Report Illustrates WHA’s Impact and Relevance

December 28, 2017

This week our senior executives received a hard copy of WHA’s 2017 Results publication, which documents not only another year of impressive results, but as importantly, the growing breadth of WHA’s agenda.  As our members know, we measure success not only by the slate of accomplishments, but also the tangible impact of delivering our agenda.  In other words, the relevance of WHA’s work - delivering on our ambitious agenda within a constantly changing and dynamic health care environment - is what defines our value proposition.  Looking back on 2017, I believe the value of WHA to our members is stronger than ever.  

While many of the initiatives in 2017 aligned closely with executing our ambitious annual goals, we also responded quickly to the shifting environment at both the state and federal level.  Despite the best laid plans, over the course of a year unanticipated issues (both challenges and opportunities) arise that must be addressed.  WHA responded to each of these as they arose, both at the state and federal level to ensure our members’ voices were heard in Washington and Madison.

2017 was also a banner year for our members and their sustained pursuit of some of the best quality care in the country.  Wisconsin was recognized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which placed Wisconsin first in the nation based on the quality of our health care. Wisconsin’s critical access hospitals were recognized as the best in their peer group, while our state was dubbed the best place for physicians and nurses to practice. All these accolades were well deserved in a state that consistently raises the bar on clinical excellence.  Our advocacy, our agenda, is focused on creating  and achieving sound public policy that enables our members to continue delivering superior care.

The “Results” speak for themselves, but they simply would not be possible without the tremendous engagement by and support from our members – truly our best partner and our most valuable asset.  We are also anxious to expand our partnerships with elected officials and the many other health care stakeholders dedicated to ensuring our citizens continue to have access to the highest quality care in the  nation. We look forward to working with you all in 2018!

WHA is proud to represent Wisconsin health care, proud to be the voice of the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems.  The WHA team wishes you all a happy and safe New Year.

This story originally appeared in the December 28, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter