Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - HFM Receives 2013 WHA Award


Back (l-r): Tim Klein, Administrative Director - Support Services; Scott McMeans, Administrative Director - Strategic Implementation; Mark Herzog, President & CEO; Scott McConnaha - Director of Corporate Relations, FSCC Sponsored Ministries, Inc.

Front (l-r): Lisa Sherman, Director - Perioperative Services; Mary Schilder, Team Leader - Risk Management/Accreditation/Privacy Officer; Kathy Zucchi, HFM Board member; Sally Zimmerman, Administrative Director - Clinic Operations; Marcia Donlon, Director - Home Health Care & Hospice

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MADISON (April 23, 2013)---- Holy Family Memorial of Manitowoc was presented with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) 2013 Advocacy All-Star Award at the Association’s annual Advocacy Day in Madison April 23. President/CEO Mark Herzog accepted the award before more than 900 hospital supporters. The award is presented to one hospital that exemplifies dedication to grassroots advocacy.

Herzog said he was honored to accept the award on behalf of the hospital’s Board of Directors and the 1,500 physicians, nurses, leaders and Holy Family Memorial employees.

“This is truly a team award. There are a huge number of people actively engaged in advocacy in our hospital, region and in our state. These efforts benefit all of our organizations,” Herzog said. “This is a critical time for our hospital. Legislators need information and the DC fly-ins and in-district meetings help to round out our legislator’s education on health care issues. We are grateful for the recognition from WHA.”

Over the past year, the hospital’s advocates have regularly contacted or met with their elected officials to discuss important health care issues, including hosting two “WHA Hospital Listening Sessions” with their Members of Congress, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. In addition, they have traveled to Washington, DC with WHA multiple times to make certain legislators are aware of how federal issues impact the hospital and local community.

“Holy Family Memorial has shown exemplary grassroots commitment this past year,” said Jenny Boese, WHA vice president, external relations & member advocacy. “From advocacy training to regularly meeting with legislators, their efforts on behalf of their patients and community are to be saluted.”

The hospital has more than 60 individuals who participate in WHA’s grassroots program, HEAT, and it had 10 individuals attend Advocacy Day this year. In late April, Holy Family Memorial’s Administrative Director Scott McMeans will receive the “Grassroots Champion” award in Washington, DC at the American Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting. Herzog said McMeans helped to “catalyze” Holy Family Memorial’s activities by orienting individuals in the organization that were interested in learning more about advocacy.
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