100th Anniversary

2020 marks WHA’s 100th anniversary. Officially formed at a meeting at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel on September 16, 1920, more than two dozen men and women representing hospitals from around the state approved a new constitution and bylaws for a new association. WHA was one of the nation’s first three state hospital associations to be formed – similar organizations began in Ohio and Michigan in 1920.

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Eric Borgerding
President and Chief Executive Officer
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From the outset WHA was formed to promote the greater good for the state’s citizens, enshrining that purpose in its constitution. Article II of that new founding document reads: “The object of this Association shall be to promote the welfare of the people of the State of Wisconsin, insofar as this may be done by the development of hospitals and dispensaries of the State in number and location; in securing the best equipment and in promoting general efficiency of operation; by securing co-operation and assistance in this work from all other organizations of similar purpose, and in all ways possible to advance the interests of all medical service institutions.” 

A century later, that dedication to Wisconsin’s health care continues. WHA’s members continue to lead the way on improving health care quality, access and affordability, and WHA is the state’s leading voice in advancing wise health care policies that can further enhance what is already nation-leading care. 

WHA's 100th Anniversary Video

Original Broadcast September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020 was WHA's 100th Birthday!  On this day, 100 years ago, health care leaders in Wisconsin came together with the purpose of a strong, unified voice and, thus, formed the Wisconsin Hospital Association.  In honor of WHA's 100th Birthday, we are pleased to share this special video celebrating our 100 years of citizens in every corner of the state leading healthier, happier lives. 

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