Charles “Chuck” Kalhoefer received the 2018 WHA Trustee of the Year Award at a ceremony held February 6 at the Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. Kalhoefer joined the BAMC Board in 1997 and has served continuously since that time. In 2014, when BAMC affiliated with Aurora Health Care, a new oversight board was created to represent BAMC’s interests in the affiliation. Kalhoefer was appointed to that new board and continues to serve as its chairperson.
In nominating Kalhoefer, CEO Ed Harding noted that Kalhoefer was instrumental in advocating for finding a strategic partner to help build a new medical center and position BAMC to meet the area’s present and future health care needs. Harding said, “If not for Chuck’s wisdom of encouraging BAMC to consider a broader vision, BAMC would most likely still be a stand-alone, independent organization, vulnerable to the growing economic and competitive threats in the health care field.”
In presenting the award, WHA Vice President for Policy Development Laura Rose similarly recognized Kalhoefer for his long and distinguished career of board volunteerism at BAMC, as well as his vision in helping move the organization forward to a robust and sustainable future.