Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition says
“Thank You” and “Keep It Up Wisconsin!

Wisconsin must remain vigilant in practicing safe behaviors to ensure we continue to curtail the spread of the virus

Madison, WI -- The statewide coalition to combat the spread of COVID-19 is encouraging Wisconsin residents to keep it up on COVID as statewide positivity and hospitalization rates show an encouraging downward trend. As vaccinations begin to be distributed in the state, the leaders of the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition are urging Wisconsinites to remain vigilant in practicing safe behaviors to ensure we continue to curtail the spread of the virus.

The efforts of the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition to-date have resulted in significant amplification of public health messaging focused on curbing the spread of COVID-19. Since its launch in October, the coalition has produced six public education announcements encouraging safe behaviors. These spots have achieved an estimated audience reach of well over 30 million on statewide television and radio. On digital platforms, coalition ads have generated over 16 million ad impressions and reached more than six million devices across the state.

“We are encouraged by a recent reduction in cases and hospitalizations, which show that safe practices are making a difference in Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Hospital Association President and CEO Eric Borgerding. “On behalf of the coalition, we say, “Thank you!” to the people of Wisconsin for taking the necessary precautions to curb the spread of COVID. But we cannot stop now. Over the next several months as vaccines are made available to the general public, we need to keep our guard up and continue to wash hands, wear masks and maintain social distance.”

Since its launch in October, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has advanced an aggressive campaign encouraging the use of crucial safety measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coalition messaging has included public education announcements featuring a wide range of Wisconsin voices, including frontline health care workers from health systems throughout Wisconsin, members of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Congressman Mark Pocan, and UW System President Tommy Thompson.

“Wisconsinites have come together to fight the common enemy of COVID and get our state heading in the right direction,” said Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “Vaccines are coming, but we can’t stop now. The next few months will be critical and we encourage everyone to do their part to slow the numbers even more.”

The “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition currently includes more than 125 of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business, and advocacy organizations. Notable coalition members include the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers, and representatives of local governments, chambers of commerce, and visitors bureaus from every corner of the state. The organizations have joined together with a shared goal of furthering public education about the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin and the critical need for preventative measures. A full list of member organizations is below.

You can watch the full video series here:

 

Thank you to these associations for coming together! The  growing coalition is currently made up of the following organizations:
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Counties Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Restaurant Association, CO-CHAIR
  • ACHE-WI
  • Adams County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
  • Alliance of Health Insurers
  • Arts Wisconsin
  • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions
  • Badger Bay Management Company
  • Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
  • Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
  • BioForward Wisconsin
  • Brown County Medical Society (BCMS)
  • Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
  • Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Deforest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Destination Madison
  • Destination Wisconsin
  • Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, Inc.
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Fox West Chamber of Commerce
  • Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Green Bay Chamber
  • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
  • LeadingAge Wisconsin
  • League of Municipalities
  • Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County
  • Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce
  • Mequon-Thiensville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Metastar
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Monona East Side Business Alliance
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
  • Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
  • Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Portage County Business Council
  • Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce
  • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Skiing Wisconsin
  • St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
  • Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center
  • United Way Wisconsin
  • UW System
  • VISIT Lake Geneva
  • Visit Milwaukee
  • WAMD-Wisconsin Association of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  • Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waukesha County Medical Society
  • Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce
  • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Whitewater Chamber of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
  • Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care
  • Wisconsin Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Wisconsin Association of Health Plans
  • Wisconsin Association of Local Health Department and Boards (WALHDAB)
  • Wisconsin Association of School Administrators
  • Wisconsin Association of Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Bankers Association
  • Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
  • Wisconsin Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative
  • Wisconsin Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council
  • Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
  • Wisconsin Health Care Association / Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living
  • Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum
  • Wisconsin Healthcare Human Resources Association (WisHHRA)
  • Wisconsin Immunization Advocacy Coalition
  • Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
  • Wisconsin Literacy/Wisconsin Health Literacy
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
  • Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society (WOS)
  • Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • Wisconsin Propane Gas Association
  • Wisconsin Psychiatric Association
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association
  • Wisconsin Realtors Association
  • Wisconsin Safety Council
  • Wisconsin Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
  • Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association
  • Wisconsin Swimming
  • Wisconsin Technology Council
  • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Utilities Association

For more information about the Stop the Spread coalition and the importance of safe behaviors for both public and state economic health, visit www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread


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Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition
Frontline Wisconsin Health Care Workers Appeal for Safe Practices

New Stop the COVID Spread! coalition message draws upon experiences of overwhelmed health care workforce

Madison, WI -- “We need your help.” That’s the underlying message from statewide health care workers in the latest “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition public education announcement that
begins airing on broadcast TV, radio, and digital platforms throughout Wisconsin today. The new ad—the fifth put out by the coalition—comes as Wisconsin continues to face unrelenting COVID-19 case counts with hospitals throughout the state operating near or at full capacity.

Health care providers featured in the new coalition message include Green Bay’s Bellin Health, Marshfield Clinic Health System, and UW Health in Madison, with a joint plea to the public to help curb the spread of the virus: “We’re on the frontlines. It’s our job to save lives and get people better. But fighting this pandemic puts our families at risk, too. We need your help. Mask up, wash your hands, and if you go out, stay at least six feet apart. Please, do this for your family, and ours.”

The real-life perspectives shared in the spot are those of Chelsea Rangel, RN, and Hilary Faust, MD, from UW-Health; Sumithra Tirunagaram, MD, and respiratory therapist Karen Masanz, from Marshfield Clinic Health System; Jessie Schaumberg, RN, and Paul Casey, MD, from Bellin Health.

“While news of forthcoming COVID-19 vaccinations is encouraging, we need to remain vigilant in practicing safe behaviors to curtail virus spread,” said Wisconsin Hospital Association president and CEO Eric Borgerding. “Our frontline health care heroes need your help, as their ability to provide care to our loved ones and neighbors is being strained. Overcoming this health care crisis requires all of us working together.”

“You don’t have to put your life on the line like the folks who work in healthcare, grocery stores, restaurants, or hardware stores. All you have to do is wear a mask, practice social distancing and do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus to keep people from dying,” added Brandon Scholz, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association. “Is that too hard to do and too much to ask?”

Since its launch in October, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has grown quickly to include more than 125 of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business and advocacy organizations. The organizations have joined together in a campaign to educate the public about the seriousness of the growing crisis in Wisconsin and the critical and growing need for preventative measures.

You can watch the full video at: https://youtu.be/GIRW7xTyhDM  

You can watch the full video series here:

 

Thank you to these associations for coming together! The  growing coalition is currently made up of the following organizations:
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Counties Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Restaurant Association, CO-CHAIR
  • ACHE-WI
  • Adams County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
  • Alliance of Health Insurers
  • Arts Wisconsin
  • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions
  • Badger Bay Management Company
  • Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
  • Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Deforest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Destination Madison
  • Destination Wisconsin
  • Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, Inc.
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Fox West Chamber of Commerce
  • Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Green Bay Chamber
  • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
  • LeadingAge Wisconsin
  • League of Municipalities
  • Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County
  • Mequon-Thiensville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Metastar
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Monona East Side Business Alliance
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
  • Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
  • Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Portage County Business Council
  • Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce
  • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Skiing Wisconsin
  • St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
  • Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center
  • United Way Wisconsin
  • UW System
  • VISIT Lake Geneva
  • Visit Milwaukee
  • WAMD-Wisconsin Association of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  • Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waukesha County Medical Society
  • Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce
  • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Whitewater Chamber of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
  • Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care
  • Wisconsin Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Wisconsin Association of Health Plans
  • Wisconsin Association of Local Health Department and Boards (WALHDAB)
  • Wisconsin Association of School Administrators
  • Wisconsin Association of Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Bankers Association
  • Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
  • Wisconsin Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative
  • Wisconsin Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council
  • Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
  • Wisconsin Health Care Association / Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living
  • Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum
  • Wisconsin Literacy/Wisconsin Health Literacy
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
  • Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • Wisconsin Propane Gas Association
  • Wisconsin Psychiatric Association
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association
  • Wisconsin Realtors Association
  • Wisconsin Safety Council
  • Wisconsin Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
  • Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association
  • Wisconsin Swimming
  • Wisconsin Technology Council
  • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Utilities Association

For more information about the Stop the Spread coalition and the importance of safe behaviors for both public and state economic health, visit www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread


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The Volunteers of Prairie Ridge Health held their 36th Annual Lights of Love virtually on Dec. 7 via a Facebook Live event. Three trees, located at the hospital's main entrance, were illuminated at 4:30 p.m. during a special ceremony remembering and appreciating family and friends, as well as honoring those who have served in the armed forces. A special light-up ornament is available for purchase this year with a $25 donation and is guaranteed to be delivered to the donor by Dec. 24 if ordered by Dec. 15.



Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the PRH Lifeline Program and to fund the PRH Hunger Care food distribution program for food insecure individuals in the hospital's service area.
Donations to the Lights of Love will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2021. 

For more information or to receive a Lights of Love form contact Patti Walker at 920-623-1280 or pwalker@prairieridge.health

Lights of Love Include 

Last updated December 15, 2020

 

 



Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition Releases New Ad Conveying
Severity of Pandemic in Wisconsin

Statewide coalition effort to curb COVID crisis doubles down on urgency in fourth ad since coalition launch 

Madison, WI -- The statewide coalition effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 has doubled down on the urgency of its messaging as Wisconsin’s public health crisis threatens to overwhelm the state. Today, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition released its fourth public education announcement on broadcast TV and digital platforms statewide, with a stern and serious new message in the coalition’s efforts urging Wisconsin residents to do their part to help reverse the public health crisis that is threatening to cause great harm to the state. The new ad comes as Wisconsin again hit new daily COVID-19 records, surpassing 7,000 new cases in a single day, and after a White House task force report again warned that Wisconsin’s ongoing health emergency will continue to lead to increasing hospitalizations and deaths unless more serious action is taken.

The latest ad features headlines from major publications around the state, documenting Wisconsin’s ever-growing public health crisis. “Positive cases are skyrocketing. Hospitals are filling up. Businesses are closing. Death counts are rising. Wisconsin – is losing,” says the narrator. “Our frontline workers are doing all they can, but they can’t do it alone. More people are getting sick, and dying. Unless we make changes, there will be more deaths we could have prevented. You can change this.”

“COVID has a vice grip on Wisconsin that’s getting tighter every day and the consequences for our citizens, our businesses and our health care systems are becoming worse,” said Eric Borgerding, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “Last week, the White House Coronavirus Task force warned that Wisconsin will face more COVID deaths without a more robust state response to this virus. We need everyone to understand, accept, and act on these urgent warnings about Wisconsin that we continue to see from the White House Task Force and other experts. We need a unified message and response.”

The more urgent new ad message builds on previous public education announcements featuring a frontline nurse from Appleton, Wis., members of the Green Bay Packers, and UW System President Tommy Thompson. It is the latest effort launched by the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition encouraging the use of crucial safety measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“We have to move beyond arguing whether or not there is a pandemic with a virus that is killing people. We need to focus on solutions and stop ignoring reality,” said Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association.

“Wisconsin is an incredible place to be and without everyone doing their part, we will have a hard time getting out of this pandemic and moving forward,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “It is time to face our current situation and do what we all need to do to open back up our state.”

Since its launch one month ago, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has grown dramatically to include more than 100 of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business, and advocacy organizations. The organizations have joined together in a campaign to educate the public about the seriousness of the growing crisis in Wisconsin and the critical and growing need for preventative measures. A full list of member organizations is below.

You can watch the full video at: https://youtu.be/B2hBTTWeHSs

You can watch the full video series here:

      

Thank you to these associations for coming together! The  growing coalition is currently made up of the following organizations:

  • Wisconsin Hospital Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Counties Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Restaurant Association, CO-CHAIR
  • ACHE-WI
  • Adams County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
  • Alliance of Health Insurers
  • Arts Wisconsin
  • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions
  • Badger Bay Management Company
  • Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
  • Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Deforest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Destination Madison
  • Destination Wisconsin
  • Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, Inc.
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Fox West Chamber of Commerce
  • Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Green Bay Chamber
  • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
  • LeadingAge Wisconsin
  • League of Municipalities
  • Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County
  • Mequon-Thiensville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Metastar
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Monona East Side Business Alliance
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
  • Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
  • Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Portage County Business Council
  • Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce
  • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Skiing Wisconsin
  • St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
  • Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center
  • United Way Wisconsin
  • UW System
  • VISIT Lake Geneva
  • Visit Milwaukee
  • WAMD-Wisconsin Association of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  • Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waukesha County Medical Society
  • Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce
  • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Whitewater Chamber of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
  • Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care
  • Wisconsin Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Wisconsin Association of Health Plans
  • Wisconsin Association of Local Health Department and Boards (WALHDAB)
  • Wisconsin Association of School Administrators
  • Wisconsin Association of Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Bankers Association
  • Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
  • Wisconsin Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative
  • Wisconsin Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council
  • Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
  • Wisconsin Health Care Association / Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living
  • Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum
  • Wisconsin Literacy Network
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
  • Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
  • Wisconsin Propane Gas Association
  • Wisconsin Psychiatric Association
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association
  • Wisconsin Realtors Association
  • Wisconsin Safety Council
  • Wisconsin Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
  • Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association
  • Wisconsin Swimming
  • Wisconsin Technology Council
  • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Utilities Association


For more information about the Stop the Spread coalition and the importance of safe behaviors for both public and state economic health, visit www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread


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Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition Pushes New Message of
Bipartisan Cooperation

Congressman Pocan, Speaker Vos join together to urge Wisconsin residents to stay safe

Madison, WI -- Keeping ourselves, our friends, neighbors, and loved ones safe is not political. That’s the message delivered by Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan, who appear together in the latest “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition public education announcement aimed at combating the pandemic raging throughout Wisconsin. The new ad, the coalition’s fifth, will begin airing on broadcast and digital channels throughout the state today as rampant community spread of COVID-19 continues to stress the state’s health care system.

Representing different political parties, geographic areas and bodies of government, Congressman Pocan and Speaker Vos have come together for a cause that all Wisconsin
residents can agree on: beating COVID-19. “After another election, it’s clear we have differences, but we can also agree,” says Speaker Vos in the ad. “We can still live our lives and be sensible and safe.” Both elected officials speak about the importance of preventative measures including wearing masks, hand washing, practicing social distancing, and staying home whenever possible. “We have to do all we can to stay safe,” adds Congressman Pocan.

“Wisconsin needs unified responses to the COVID pandemic and aligning around a common message is critical,” said Eric Borgerding, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “We’re grateful to Speaker Vos and Congressman Pocan for joining us to send the public a crucial message about working together to slow COVID’s spread.”

“We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID and get Wisconsin out of this public health crisis,” added Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “As Congressman Pocan and Speaker Vos have demonstrated, keeping Wisconsin safe is something upon which we can all agree.”

Since its launch in October, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has grown quickly to include more than 125 of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business, and advocacy organizations. The organizations have joined together in a campaign to educate the public about the seriousness of the growing crisis in Wisconsin and the critical and growing need for preventative measures.

You can watch the full video at: https://youtu.be/zds-d5Yq4gU 

You can watch the full video series here:

 

Thank you to these associations for coming together! The  growing coalition is currently made up of the following organizations:
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Counties Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association, CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), CO-CHAIR
  • Wisconsin Restaurant Association, CO-CHAIR
  • ACHE-WI
  • Adams County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
  • Alliance of Health Insurers
  • Arts Wisconsin
  • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
  • Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions
  • Badger Bay Management Company
  • Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
  • Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Deforest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Destination Madison
  • Destination Wisconsin
  • Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, Inc.
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Forward Janesville, Inc.
  • Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Fox West Chamber of Commerce
  • Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Green Bay Chamber
  • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
  • LeadingAge Wisconsin
  • League of Municipalities
  • Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County
  • Mequon-Thiensville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Metastar
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Monona East Side Business Alliance
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
  • Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
  • Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
  • Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Portage County Business Council
  • Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce
  • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Skiing Wisconsin
  • St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
  • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
  • Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center
  • United Way Wisconsin
  • UW System
  • VISIT Lake Geneva
  • Visit Milwaukee
  • WAMD-Wisconsin Association of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  • Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waukesha County Medical Society
  • Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce
  • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Whitewater Chamber of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
  • Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
  • Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care
  • Wisconsin Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Wisconsin Association of Health Plans
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Prairie Ridge Health has been working on the construction of a three-story building project while simultaneously creating new kitchen and dining spaces since 2017. As of today, November 2, we officially completed these projects. The three-story clinic and rehabilitation building features natural light, allowing for an open and warm atmosphere to promote healing and wellness while the kitchen features a made to order grill, multiple seating options, and a lounge area.

“We would like to thank the community for supporting us through the completion of the kitchen, clinic, and rehab building project,” said John Russell, President and CEO of Prairie Ridge Health. “Your continued support gave us the ability to finish construction and offer these new spaces to our patients, team, and the communities we serve.”

The expansion was made possible by the overwhelming support of community members who donated over $206,000 to furnish the therapy and cardiac rehab gyms with new equipment. 


The clinic building’s third floor will be home to physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with a devoted registration and scheduling team. This dedicated team will enhance the coordination of care and allow for more patient convenience in scheduling appointments.

“Our rehabilitation services needed room to grow,” explained Russell. “By moving physical, occupational, and speech therapy to the third floor of the new building, and by creating a new dedicated space for our cardiac rehab team on the first floor, which is currently in the design phase, all will soon have ample space.” In 2019, our Rehabilitation Services team, made up of 17 therapy providers and four cardiac nurses, provided over 16,500 physical therapy, occupational therapy, and cardiac rehab treatment sessions for our patients.

The first floor of the clinic building will be the new home of Prairie Ridge Health’s Family Practice and Internal Medicine providers. Orthopedic, General Surgery, Rheumatology and OBGYN providers will remain across the hall in the current clinic location.

Prairie Ridge Health Clinic opened in 2014 with five providers and four service lines: Orthopedics, General Surgery, Physical Therapy, and Medical Imaging. Now, in 2020, three clinic locations (Columbus, Beaver Dam, and Marshall) are the home of 15 providers offering 12 different service lines including: Orthopedics, General Surgery, OB/GYN, Rheumatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Diabetes, Medical Imaging, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Lab.

For more information about our clinic and rehabilitation services, visit:

Due to COVID-19, the dining and lounge areas are currently closed to the public. However, we are offering To Go Lunch Service with curb-side pick-up. To learn more on how to order, click here https://prairieridge.health/en/guest-services