WHA Board Announces Leadership Succession Transition

Steve BrentonMADISON (December 20, 2013) --- 
The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Board today announced that WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding will succeed Steve Brenton as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association effective January 1, 2015. Brenton, who has more than 23 years with the organization, will assume duties as WHA’s Senior Policy Advisor at that time.

Borgerding will bring nearly 25 years of experience in government relations and advocacy to the top WHA post, including the past 12 years leading WHA’s advocacy efforts.  He was named Director of Legislative Affairs for WHA in 1992 and became the chief state lobbyist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994.  In 1997 he was named Director of Legislative Relations at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce where he directed the business group’s lobbying efforts in the areas of energy, transportation and health care. When Brenton was named President of WHA in 2002, he recruited Borgerding back to the organization as Vice President of Government Affairs.  Borgerding was named Senior Vice President in 2003 and Executive Vice President in June 2007. 

Brenton rejoined WHA in January 2002 after working for the Association earlier in his career when he served as WHA’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations. He left WHA in 1988 to become President of the West Virginia Hospital Association. In 1992, Brenton returned to the Midwest when he was named President of the Iowa Hospital Association until his return to Madison.

Brenton’s professional background focuses heavily on federal and state government relations and advocacy. He has been in leadership positions on numerous state boards and health-related organizations.

“WHA has become a powerful, valued voice for hospitals and health systems under Steve and Eric’s leadership. Their ability to develop thoughtful, effective strategies to address legislative, regulatory and reimbursement issues, and assemble a team of highly-talented, dedicated staff has made WHA one of Wisconsin’s top advocacy organizations,” according to WHA Board Chair Dan Neufelder, Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations, Ministry Health Care. “With today’s announcement, we have taken a significant step in assuring that WHA will continue its track record of strong leadership and effective advocacy for health care in Wisconsin.”  

WHA is a statewide membership organization that advocates for nearly 140 hospitals and health systems. More information about WHA is available at


WHA Contact:

Mary Kay Grasmick

Vice President, Communications



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