Tuesday, April 12, 2016
HFM Supporters Attend WHA Advocacy Day
Over 1,000 hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers, including from Holy Family Memorial, descended on Madison on March 30 to participate in the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) Advocacy Day event. Advocacy Day is an annual event that connects hospital supporters from across the state with their legislators in Madison so lawmakers can learn how issues impact local hospitals and communities.
“HFM is proud to have been a part of this tremendous day,” said HFM President & CEO Mark Herzog. “Wisconsin has a reputation of providing some of the best healthcare quality and value in the nation. Advocacy Day allows us to help legislators understand how their policy decisions can help protect our local hospital, patients and communities.”
The crowd of over 1,000 heard from the always popular bipartisan state legislative panel of State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), State Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and State Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). Advocacy Day attendees also heard from morning keynote speaker Rick Pollack, President & CEO of the American Hospital Association.
Governor Walker provided luncheon keynote remarks and signed important WHA legislation – the Wisconsin Health Care Data Modernization Act – into law in front of the crowd of 1,000.
This year 550 attendees spent time in the afternoon meeting with elected officials in the State Capitol. Advocates made sure their legislators were aware of the role hospitals play in communities across the state in providing high quality, high value health care and how the legislature can support those efforts through the policies it enacts.
Pictured Above: David Yeghiaian, HFM Administrative Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Growth (second from left), and Randy Connour, HFM Business Development Association (third from left) attend Advocacy Day on March 30.