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  • 19 Feb 2024 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New campaign targets youth and aims to boost the state's health care workforce.

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Foundation is unveiling a new workforce campaign entitled So Many Options to attract new workers to Wisconsin’s health care workforce and foster a thriving and sustainable workforce for generations to come.

    The statewide campaign features targeted digital advertising and the launch of a dedicated website to showcase the abundant health care career options – both clinical and non-clinical – available to current and prospective employees throughout Wisconsin. With a particular focus on middle and high school students, the campaign aims to inspire younger generations to pursue these career opportunities by highlighting appealing aspects such as competitive compensation, flexible schedules, and wide-ranging educational requirements.

    “Whether young, prospective employees are looking for their first job or veteran health care workers are looking to transition careers, there are countless health care career options throughout Wisconsin’s hospitals, no matter a person’s background or vocational interest,” said Eric Borgerding, WHA President and CEO. “Careers in hospitals and health care are consistently in high demand, offering stability and enduring relevance. These professions are essential and will always be needed.”

    The So Many Options campaign’s spokespeople are real clinical and non-clinical employees from hospitals across the state, including Reedsburg Area Medical Center, ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, and Aurora St. Luke’s in Milwaukee. The So Many Options website guides users through descriptions of a variety of health care professions based on personal interests and educational background and connects users to a number of workforce-related resources, including WHA, Future Health Professionals (HOSA) and Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

    The campaign is made possible through generous sponsorship support from other organizations, including Presenting Sponsor, Rural Wisconsin Healthcare Cooperative (RWHC).

    For more information, visit the So Many Options website.


    The WHA Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1968 to support educational, research and charitable programs of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and its members. Today, as a 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation focuses its grant making priorities on initiatives that have a statewide impact on health care in Wisconsin. To learn more,
    click here.

  • 2 Dec 2022 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WHA, in partnership with the Wisconsin Healthcare Human Resources Association (WisHHRA), will be launching a new salary survey in January 2023.  The survey, and statewide and peer group results, will be available to member participants at no cost.  The inaugural co-branded WHA-WisHHRA survey will collect salary information as of January 1, 2023, and results will be available to participants in late March or early April 2023.

    There will be a virtual webinar held on Wednesday, December 14th, 2022, from 11:30 am – 12:30 p.m.  Join us for an opportunity to preview the salary survey site, online and bulk upload data submission, and options for participants to utilize standard peer groups or easily create your own.  There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the webinar.

    WHA and WisHHRA expect great participation and are committed to providing a survey and reporting that will be a meaningful resource for assisting hospitals and health systems as they work through the many workforce issues facing the industry.

    For more information regarding this webinar, including registration, please click here. If you have any questions please contact Ann Zenk, or Jennifer Mueller,

  • 25 Mar 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the Date!

    WiSHHRA Annual Conference
    April 28-29, 2022
    Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

    After a few years off and much deliberation, we have decided to resume our annual conference this spring.  The annual conference will be April 28-29 in Elkhart Lake at the beautiful Osthoff Resort.  This will be a great time to re-connect with colleagues from across the state.  The conference schedule will feature a variety of sessions focused on recruitment and retention in today’s new market.  Attendees will learn about how different strategies are being used to recruit and retain employees.  This includes but is not limited to sessions on new technologies, compensation plans, rewards programs and organizational culture.  Conference schedule and speaker details coming soon!

    Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, April 27 – Welcome Reception

    Thursday, April 28 – general sessions, breakouts and networking groups meet from 8am to 5pm.  Reception from 6pm to 8pm.

    Friday, April 29 – general sessions and networking groups meet from 8:30am – 10:30am.  And WiSHHRA business meeting to follow at 10:30am


    WiSHHRA members can register for $225 for the full conference, or $175 for 1-day rate (Thursday only).

    Non-members can register for $325 for the full conference, or $275 for 1-day rate (Thursday only).

    Reserve your hotel today!

    The Osthoff Resort has provided a great rate for our guests.  Room rates start at $139 per night, and is available for 3 days before or after the event for those interested in extending their stay into the weekend.  Make your reservations now by calling the Osthoff at 1-800-876-3399.  Room rates are guaranteed until April 6.


  • 23 Nov 2021 2:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Access the On Demand Webinar Members Only Page!


    • Legal Update - Presented by Sarah Coyne, Partner - Quarles & Brady
    • Legislative Update - Presented by Kyle O'Brien and Ann Zenk, Wisconsin Hospital Association
    • Compensating Providers Under the New Stark and Anti-Kickback Regulations - Presented by Heather Mogden & Wes Sylla, Hall Render
    • Keeping up with Comp in a HOT marketplace for talent! - Presented by Rena Somersan, Newport Group
    • Succession Planning - Presented by Michael Grubich, LAK Group & Andy Hilling, Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC
    • Vaccine Update - Presented by Ann Zenk, RN, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice & Lindsey W. Davis, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP


    • Physician Employment and Medical Staff Matters - Fun Times for HR Directors! - Presented by Sarah Coyne, Partner - Quarles & Brady

  • 12 Oct 2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous member


    • Waivers
    • New Biden rules
    • OSHA standards


    • Ann Zenk, RN, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice

    • Lindsey W. Davis, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

  • 19 Aug 2021 8:36 AM | Anonymous member

    In today’s highly competitive healthcare labor, nearly 9 out of 10 organizations are experiencing a leadership shortfall, and only one-third of organizations have formal systems in place to identify high-potential leaders and strategies to retain them.  What gives?  Market-leading healthcare organizations have one thing in common: succession planning.

    Why bother with succession planning at all?  “The clearest answer is that leadership really matters. Organizations either thrive or don’t because of the quality of their leadership,” writes Nancy Schlichting, former CEO of Henry Ford Health System.  Effective succession planning protects organizations from severe disruption and underperformance in an era of value-based care and shrinking reimbursement; it also helps you keep employees engaged, retain top talent and groom them for leadership when succession plans broaden beyond C-suite.

    Join Mike Grubich (President & Managing Partner of the LAK Group) and Andy Hillig (President of Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC) as they provide an overview of what succession planning is, the essential things to consider in your organization’s succession plan, and how individuals can take charge of their own careers and plan for their own career advancement. 

  • 23 Dec 2020 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    Cast Your Vote for the 2021 Board of Directors Election!

    It is time to elect your 2021 WisHHRA Board of Directors! Click the link below to view a list of the candidates, along with a ballot to complete.

    You may accept all proposed candidates or write in candidates and their titles.


    Note: You must be logged into your WisHHRA member account to participate.

    Voting Deadline: January 5th at Midnight CST

  • 19 Nov 2020 7:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Edit: Nominations closed December 4, 2020

    The Wisconsin Healthcare Human Resources Association (WisHHRA) is now accepting nominations of any member in good standing interested in serving in leadership.

    The Board is calling for nominations for the following positions:

    • President-Elect
    • Secretary
    • At-Large Director

    Expectations of Officers and Board - All Officers and Directors of the Board shall attend in person, or telephonically, at least 60% of all Board meetings on an annual basis. Region Directors shall participate in all activities of the Board of Directors. Each shall recommend to the President, members of his/her district for appointment to various committees of the organization, act as a resource to members within their district, and assist with planning conferences on a rotating basis.

    The President-elect shall, in the absence of, or because of the incapacity of the President, perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the President.  He/she shall have the responsibility of recognizing contributions of Board members. This position serves 1 year, proceeds to serve as President for 2 years and then proceeds to Past-president for 1 year. Nominees must have previously served at least 1-term on the board to be eligible as an officer.

    The Secretary shall record the proceedings and prepare the minutes of the organization, which shall be available to the members for inspection. He/she shall maintain the supplies, minutes and official records of the organization and perform such other duties as may be necessary to coordinate and advance the organization's objectives as authorized by the Board of Directors. This position serves for two years.

    At-Large Directors are elected to 2-year terms and may serve up to 2 consecutive terms. 

    All terms begin January 1, 2021.

  • 20 Jul 2020 10:08 AM | Anonymous member

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) invites you to attend a Medicaid Telehealth Expansion interactive webinar.


    This webinar will seek your response to DHS’s proposed launch of Wisconsin Act 56: Telehealth Expansion, which will significantly expand Wisconsin Medicaid’s permanent telehealth policy. The presentation will include the following items:

    1.       General overview of telehealth expansion
    2.       General policy information
    3.       Wave 1 priority acute and primary service areas:
    4.       Proposed services included in telehealth
    5.       Proposed services excluded from telehealth
    6.       Input from attendees

    Following the presentation, DHS will take questions from attendees via the DHS telehealth mailbox.

    How to join

    Thursday, July 30, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Click this URL to join; Password: 07302020

    Join by phone: 646-558-8656; Webinar ID #933 1403 1869

    Friday, July 31, 2:00-3:30 pm

    Click this URL to join; Password: 07312020.

    Join by phone: 646-558-8656; Webinar ID #999 9957 0817

  • 9 Jul 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Health News, July 9

    Wisconsin hospitals are asking that the federal government consider making temporary COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities, especially those that helped expand telehealth, permanent. 

    Bellin Health CEO Chris Woleske said they asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about making the waivers permanent during his visit to Green Bay last month.

    Woleske said that keeping flexibility around licensing, emergency rooms and record keeping requirements beyond the pandemic would also be helpful. She said the waivers have played a vital role in meeting the needs of patients.

    Eric Borgerding, Wisconsin Hospital Association CEO, said that they’ll advocate at both state and federal levels to make recent flexibilities permanent.

    “The pandemic has shown that providers and patients have embraced the technology – utilization of telehealth has exploded since March,” he said in a statement. “Some healthcare systems have measured patient and provider satisfaction with telehealth visits and the reviews are consistently very positive.”

    WHA supports permanent changes for other pandemic-related flexibilities, including allowing out-of-state healthcare providers to practice in Wisconsin.

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., was among a bipartisan group of 38 senators who sent a letter last week to Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma asking for a plan and timeline for making the telehealth flexibilities permanent. 

    Congress, through its COVID-19 relief packages, provided HHS with the authority to waive telehealth requirements for the length of the federal public health emergency. The senators said they’ve heard from patients concerned the rules will be rolled back. 

    “Telehealth has been a lifeline to patients and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” they wrote

    A CMS spokesperson said the agency is reviewing the flexibilities granted during the emergency and determining what it can do under its regulatory authority once the emergency finishes. 

    The spokesperson said telehealth has been a crucial tool in the fight against COVID-19.

    The agency has in the past few months expanded telehealth aggressively, allowing for the use of virtual emergency room visits, letting doctors supervise clinical staff remotely and eliminating requirements that some visits be face to face. That’s led to a significant increase in visits, the spokesperson noted.

    “CMS Administrator Verma believes it is crystal clear that we need to continue to harness the power of telehealth,” they wrote. “Factors such as reimbursement and how we determine which telehealth services work best are going to continue to evolve.” 

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