Every year, one individual in each state is honored as a “Grassroots Champion” by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in consultation with state hospital associations. This year, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) nominated Chris Woleske to receive the AHA Grassroots Champion Award for her service and efforts.
Currently, Woleske serves on the WHA board of directors. Woleske regularly participates in WHA grassroots advocacy initiatives, including Advocacy Day, promoting the WHA’s grassroots program HEAT and attending roundtable events with elected officials. Woleske is also active in the Wisconsin Hospitals PAC & Conduit, personally contributing to the program and engaging with candidates through WHA PAC events.
WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding presented the Grassroots Champion award to Woleske virtually during the Bellin Health board of directors meeting on Aug. 24.
“Chris is an exemplary leader, fostering relationships with policymakers and advocating for the important issues that impact Wisconsin hospitals, the patients they serve, and their critical role in our communities,” said Borgerding. “WHA was pleased to nominate Chris for this is well-deserved award, and we know she will continue to be an advocacy model for others.”
"Thank you very much for this award," said Woleske. "Advocacy is a strong part of our philosophy at Bellin Health, prioritizing access to quality health care for our patients and our community. It is an honor to be a voice for them."