Employee Profiles: Joe
…am fortunate to supervise a wonderful group of athletic trainers who work at both the UW Health Sports Medicine Clinic and throughout the community. Our athletic trainers evaluate over 40,000 athletes annually as part of our athletic training program. This is a program that serves 25 high schools and 35 other athletic organizations.
Why UW Hospitals and Clinics?
I have stayed with UW Hospitals and Clinics because it has been an employer that has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a person. It has also committed to developing a comprehensive sports medicine program from a clinical, educational and academic standpoint. There are not many programs like this in the country and it is the type of program that I am passionate about.
Finally, UW Hospitals and Clinics has demonstrated a commitment to the health of our community through its support of our overall athletic training program. The support of UW Health has allowed our program to grow into what I believe is a premier program in this country.
What has been your favorite project?
There have been too many to note. However, one stands out. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I led a group of community leaders to raise funds for new athletic training rooms in the four Madison public high schools and Edgewood High School. We fundraised over $400,000 and donated it to the respective schools. We also have established a long-term endowment to support sports medicine in Madison with the remaining unused funds. This endowment has now reached over $50,000.
Talk about the culture…
I believe that the phrase "continuous improvement" best describes the culture that exists at UW Hospitals and Clinics. I have been fortunate to work with clinicians and administrators who care tremendously about the work they do. The people who work here are always pressing for better results and are never satisfied with anything less than the best. I get to witness examples of this first-hand within our Sports Medicine program, and I hear about continuous improvements made throughout the organization everyday.