Local healthcare advocates attend WHA Advocacy Day
April 30, 2012
Hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers from Boscobel Area Health Care and Grant Regional Health Center joined close to 750 hospital supporters in Madison on April 24 to attend the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Advocacy Day.
Advocacy Day is an annual event that connects hospital supporters with their legislators in Madison so lawmakers can learn how issues impact hospitals and hear from hospitals about how they work to improve quality and value in health care.
“Advocacy Day brings hundreds of hospital leaders and advocates to Madison,” said Mary Sprosty, Community Relations Coordinator for Boscobel Area Health Care. “We believe it is important to travel to Madison each year to tell the hospital story—that Wisconsin hospitals are dedicated to providing better value for our health care dollars through a commitment to quality and outcomes. Doing so has ranked Wisconsin at or near the top nationally for our delivery of health care, something we should be touting as a competitive advantage for Wisconsin.”
Advocacy Day attendees heard from keynote speaker Kellyanne Conway, President/CEO, the polling company, inc., based in Washington, D.C. Conway provided attendees with the “pulse of the nation” during what is already an active election year. Attendees also heard from the Governor and Republican and Democratic leaders.
The highlight of Advocacy Day is the opportunity for hundreds of attendees to meet with elected officials in the State Capitol.
Boscobel Area Health Care and Grant Regional delegates met with Representative Travel Tranel. “It was great to have such a fantastic group of local hospital leaders visiting the Capitol,” said Tranel. “We had a thoughtful discussion about the challenges rural hospitals face in providing access to health care for my constituents. Rural hospitals are critical access points. Southwest Wisconsin is fortunate to have excellent hospitals with extremely dedicated staff providing world class care and service. I am very proud to support them in their efforts to better serve our communities.”