Praised for the ability to utilize his engineering background in helping to strengthen two hospitals, Dan Platkowski, a nineyear veteran on the boards of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center – including as chair for the last three years – received the WHA 2019 Trustee Award Dec. 5 in Green Bay.
Part of WHA’s long history of lauding individuals for serving the health care community, the Trustee Award honors those who have made an exemplary commitment to their hospitals and the communities they serve by serving as a trustee.
An engineer and president of Pine Ridge Engineering in De Pere, Platkowski brought passions for safety and quality to the boards on which he served. In her letter nominating Platkowski for the honor, HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division President and CEO Therese Pandl shared how Platkowski is “very dedicated to committing highly reliable, safe and effective care for our community.”
Pandl in particular praised Platkowski’s mentoring skills in her nomination letter. One of those being mentored, Prevea Health Vice President of Clinical Operations Jason Helgeson, shared that Platkowski is known for his self-generated list of “Danisms,” including:
- You must be prepared to perform any task that you assign someone else.
- Never ignore someone violating a company rule, because when you do, there is no longer that rule.
- Never brag, let others do it for you.
Platkowski is deeply involved in other community efforts, including serving on the Wisconsin Paper Council and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce board. He is also the Vice President of Board Development of the Boy Scouts of America Bay Lakes Council, also serving that entity as previous past president.
As part of the recognition, WHA will donate $250 to the charity of Platkowski’s choice.