CELEBRATING 100 YEARS: Wisconsin Governors – Bi-Partisan Partners with WHA
August 24, 1990: It’s not often that a hospital patient has a chance to meet the governor, but that’s how things worked out for 13-year-old Junior Valez of Hales Corners after being injured when he slipped on a dock at Camp Flambeau in the Lakeland area. Junior wound up as a patient at Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) in Woodruff. On August 24, 1990, during Governor Tommy THOMPSON’s visit to northern Wisconsin, the governor visited HYMC and stopped to say hello to Junior. Also shown, left to right, Junior’s nurse, Christie Semmerling, RN; Debbie Kivi-Tupper, RN; and Paul Miller, far right, president and COO of HYMC, and presiding chairman of WHA in 1990. The final payoff for Junior, after his discharge the following day, was a ride back to Milwaukee in the governor’s plane.
Fast forward to 2020: Former WI Governor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has joined with WHA in its campaign reminding the public that Wisconsin’s hospitals and clinics remain safe, clean and ready to help people get the important regular care and services they need. He is also encouraging the public to continue taking proper precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
“I am proud of how the people of Wisconsin have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Thompson says in the 30-second public service announcement, which is being aired by television stations around the state. “Now we need to keep up the good work! Social distancing is still important; wash your hands – and don’t put off getting necessary medical care,” Gov. Thompson says.
The PSA was produced by WHA and can be viewed here.
View the full newsletter for photos of Governors Thompson, Knowles, Lucey, Dreyfus, Earl, Doyle, McCallum, Walker and Evers.