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

November 21, 2019

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.”

Troy is the first female president and CEO of Children’s Wisconsin – a role she began in 2009. She has served on the WHA Board of Directors since 2012 and is deeply engrained in the Milwaukee-area’s community, serving as a board member for the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Marquette University, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, Teach for America, and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

Nominations supporting Troy all cited how her fierce advocacy for children and teen health makes her deserving of such an award:

“Peggy’s career has been characterized by putting the needs of children and families at the center of her professional and personal passion.” – Mark Wietecha, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Association, which represents more than 220 children’s hospitals in the U.S.

“I know when it is time to make decisions on state budget, Medicaid access and reimbursement, injury prevention, telehealth or any other WHA or Children’s priority, I will hear from Peggy.” – State Senator Alberta Darling, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance

“It has been such an honor for my daughter to witness the kind of commitment, passion and leadership that Peggy embodies. We are both inspired by her.” – Linda Bevec, whose daughter Claire has received treatment at Children’s since 2005 for a rare disease.

Along with her Board of Directors position, Troy’s involvement with WHA’s policy development and advocacy has been extensive. Under her leadership Children’s received WHA’s 2017 Advocacy All-Star Award – that award is presented annually to a hospital or health care system exemplifying dedication to grassroots advocacy. Troy also serves on the WHA Board’s Subcommittee on Health Care Reform and is an eager participant in face-to-face meetings with elected officials.

WHA congratulates Troy for her dedication to improving Wisconsin’s health care and truly values her involvement in WHA. We will make a $250 donation to the charity of her choice as a recipient of the 2019 WHA Distinguished Service Award.

Last month, HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division President and CEO Therese Pandl was also presented with the 2019 WHA Distinguished Service Award, marking only the second time in its 60-year history that the award has been given to two leaders in the same year.

This story originally appeared in the November 21, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter