Wisconsin Hospital Association board names Borgerding as next CEO

The Wisconsin Hospital Association Board has named WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding as the successor to president and CEO Steve Brenton, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Brenton, who has more than 23 years with the organization, will assume duties as WHA’s Senior Policy Advisor at that time.

“WHA has become a powerful, valued voice for hospitals and health systems under Steve and Eric’s leadership,” said WHA Board Chair Dan Neufelder, Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations, Ministry Health Care. “Their ability to develop thoughtful, effective strategies to address legislative, regulatory and reimbursement issues, and assemble a team of highly-talented, dedicated staff has made WHA one of Wisconsin’s top advocacy organizations. With today’s announcement, we have taken a significant step in assuring that WHA will continue its track record of strong leadership and effective advocacy for health care in Wisconsin.”  

Borgerding will bring nearly 25 years of experience in government relations and advocacy to the top WHA post, including the past 12 years leading WHA’s advocacy efforts.  

Borgerding was has been with the WHA since 2002, when Brenton, after being named president of WHA, recruited him back to the organization as vice president of government affairs. Borgerding was named senior vice president in 2003 and executive vice president in June 2007. Previously, he was named director of legislative affairs for WHA in 1992 and became the chief state lobbyist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. In 1997, he was named Director of Legislative Relations at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

WHA is a statewide membership organization that advocates for nearly 140 hospitals and health systems.

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