Annual Meeting at Harley-Davidson Museum® highlights successes & partners

With approximately 150 members and guests in attendance, the BHCG conducted its first public annual meeting at The Rumble at the Harley-Davidson Museum on September 27. The meeting, entitled Joined at the Hip – Outperforming the Market, was highlighted by a keynote address by Paul Purcell, chairman, president and CEO at Robert W. Baird & Co. and featured the presentation of the inaugural Driving Meaningful Change Award to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ).

In his speech, Connecting the Dots: Education • Jobs • Health Care, Purcell maintained that the region’s success is largely influenced by the interdependence of better education, jobs driven by innovation and better health care value. He spoke about Baird’s focus on health care with regard to cost containment, consumerism and wellness, and the benefits Baird has seen through its membership in the BHCG.

WCHQ, the recipient of the Driving Meaningful Change Award, is a multi-stakeholder, voluntary consortium of Wisconsin health care organizations. Special recognition was given to those southeast Wisconsin members of the WCHQ for assisting the BHCG, including Aurora Health Care, Columbia St. Mary’s, Froedtert Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Mercy Health System, ProHealth Care and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. The award was given for the group’s commitment to health care quality improvement and public reporting. Chris Queram, WCHQ’s president and CEO, accepted the award from Kiehl on behalf of his organization’s members.

The BHCG also presented awards to three of its sales distributors. The Horton Group and Cyganiak Planning, Inc. received awards for placing the most membership lives with the BHCG in 2011 and the most cases placed with the BHCG in 2011, respectively. Finally, the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce received the award for having the most groups join the BHCG through a sponsoring organization in 2011.

Reporting on BHCG activities over the past year were Dianne Kiehl, BHCG’s executive director, Tim Hussey, BHCG’s director of membership and Janet Lucas-Taylor, consultant with Towers Watson. Kiehl shared highlights of the past year’s activities: the impact achieved by the BHCG over the past year and positive cost trends over the past six years; the key findings of the group’s market research effort; and its strategic planning process to position the organization to meet the future needs of its members and partners. Hussey spoke to BHCG’s value proposition for both employers and brokers/consultants and highlighted BHCG’s membership growth over the past year. Lucas-Taylor shared findings of the BHCG’s recent consumer accountability project which was aimed at understanding how member employers can increase employee engagement in health and wellness.

Slides from all the presentations and a complete executive summary of the event can be found here: Annual Meeting.
Click here to see photos from the event: Photos.

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