RAMC Supporters Attend WHA Advocacy Day in Madison

Over 1,000 hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers from across Wisconsin, including from Reedsburg Area Medical Center, descended on Madison on April 19th 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.

“The Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Advocacy Day continues to be the powerhouse event in Madison. advocacy 17This year’s event had over 1,000 hospital and health system supporters, and we are proud to have been a part of this tremendous day”, said Bob Van Meeteren, RAMC CEO. “We continue to provide information to our legislators on key healthcare issues like Medicaid funding so they know how their decisions impact our community hospital.”

The crowd of over 1,000 heard from the always popular bipartisan state legislative panel of State Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), State Senator Jen Shilling (D-La Crosse), State Representative Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and State Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). Advocacy Day attendees also heard from morning keynote speaker Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, and former political director of ABC News. Governor Walker provided luncheon keynote remarks and touted Wisconsin as the third best state in the nation for quality as well as highlighted the importance of healthcare to the state’s economy.

This year 600 attendees spent time in the afternoon meeting with elected officials in the State Capitol. Attendees urged legislators to improve the state’s Medicaid reimbursement levels and invest in Wisconsin’s healthcare workforce. Advocates made sure their legislators were aware of the role hospitals play in communities across the state in providing high quality, high value healthcare and how the legislature can support those efforts through the policies it enacts.

“We are from RAMC and are proud of Wisconsin’s reputation of providing some of the highest quality, highest value care in the nation,” said Van Meeteren.  “Advocacy Day allows us to help legislators understand how their policy decisions can help protect our local hospital, patients and communities.”