Five hospital leaders have been asked by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to serve as members on the new Office of Health Care Reform Advisory Council. Columbia St. Mary's President & CEO & Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Health Reform Task Force Chair Leo Brideau, WHA Rural Hospital Council Chair Ed Harding, Past WHA Chair Mary Starmann-Harrison, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative Executive Director Tim Size, and WHA President Steve Brenton have been named members of the Advisory Council that is being formed to "keep health care providers, insurers, and advocates informed and to hear from different viewpoints as Wisconsin health reform moves forward" according to Governor Doyle's office.
According to the Governor's office, Advisory Council members will "help identify opportunities to leverage provisions of federal legislation with existing efforts in Wisconsin to make health care more accessible, affordable and efficient." The group is expected to meet several times, beginning in June. WHA will provide updates relative to the work of the Advisory Council.