by Dianne Kiehl
A 10th Anniversary Celebration
Our Annual Meeting
From the Executive Director

With approximately 130 members and guests in attendance, our organization held its second public annual meeting at The Peck Welcome Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo on September 25. The meeting, entitled Riding the Wave Together – 10 Years, also celebrated the Business Health Care Group's (BHCG) 10th anniversary. The meeting was highlighted by a keynote address by James Klein, president of the American Benefits Council, and also featured the presentation of the second Driving Meaningful Change Award to John Toussaint, M.D., for his leadership and commitment to transform health care here in Wisconsin, throughout the United States and the world.

We also had the distinct pleasure of hearing from several distinguished people who shared in our celebration:

  • Congressman Paul Ryan sent a letter recognizing our achievement of bringing market-driven improvements to the southeast Wisconsin health care system.
  • Don Davis, chairman emeritus, Rockwell Automation (considered by many to be the founder of the BHCG), sent his greetings and congratulations to our group and reflected on the progress we have made since Don first initiated a meeting of local CEOs to address health care costs in our community 10 years ago.
  • Rich Meeusen, chairman, CEO and president, Badger Meter, shared his insights as a CEO who is highly engaged in guiding the BHCG and its strategic direction today.

It is truly amazing the progress we have made in the past 10 years in driving meaningful change in the southeast Wisconsin health care market. Employers, providers, sponsoring organizations, strategic partners and our administrator, Humana, should be justifiably proud of the success we have achieved. We look forward to even more success in the next 10 years.

Slides from the presentations can be found here, along with an executive summary of the event. A gallery of pictures from the event can be found here.

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