Lauded as “exactly the kind of person this award is meant to recognize,” Dan Hanson, chair of the board of directors for the Stoughton Hospital Association, received the WHA 2019 Trustee Award Nov. 25 in Stoughton. WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding presented the award.
Awarded for more than 60 years, this annual honor recognizes a trustee of a WHA member organization who has made an exemplary commitment to their hospital and the community they serve.
“He is committed to improvement through accountability and working with the administration and management to continuously raise hospital performance,” Borgerding said of Hanson as he presented the award, pointing out how Stoughton Hospital has been recognized multiple times for high achievement during Hanson’s seven years on the board. “And looking to the future of Stoughton Hospital, Dan has mentored and developed future board members from within the communities the hospital serves.”
Borgerding noted Hanson’s other commitments to the community, including serving on the Shillelagh Foundation Board, working with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Syttende Mai King, Friends of Norwegian Culture Board and other volunteer activities. Borgerding also cited Hanson’s willingness to advocate for Stoughton Hospital and hospitals across the state through meetings with elected officials and attending events such as WHA’s Advocacy Day.
Hanson’s deep involvement with the hospital over his seven years on the board – the maximum term allowed – was deemed “instrumental” by Stoughton Hospital President and CEO Dan DeGroot, who nominated Hanson for the honor.
“What I appreciate most about Dan is his passion and commitment to the Mission of Stoughton Hospital,” DeGroot wrote in his nomination letter. “He has demonstrated a broad understanding of the healthcare needs within the community and has always helped the Hospital respond effectively and responsibly.
“Dan Hanson is trusted, engaged, demonstrates a keen sense of humor, and is supportive of the hospital administration and management which is appreciated by all of us,” DeGroot wrote.
Hanson operates a family-owned business, Hanson Electronics, with sites in Oregon, Stoughton and Evansville. As part of the recognition, WHA will donate $250 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the charity of Hanson’s choice.