UW Health Employees Recognized for Commitment to Community

Madison, Wisconsin - The UW Health Community Service Awards were designed to honor staff members who go above and beyond by working to promote community health on the job, and on their own time as volunteers.


"While it's certainly not a surprise that so many of our faculty and staff choose to extend their compassion into our communities, it is quite admirable," said UW Health Chief Administrative Officer, Elizabeth Bolt, speaking at the Oct. 10 ceremony. "Their compassion and care impact the health and well-being of our patients, their families and our community in a very meaningful way."


"UW Health's core values of excellence, innovation, compassion, integrity, respect, accountability and diversity really get to the heart of who we are as an organization," said event speaker Dr. Joshua Ross, Clinical Vice Chair for the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. "They are a statement to all we serve about what we deem as important and who we are as people, and ultimately those values guide our behavior and choices."


Two award recipients accepted their awards at a ceremony on Oct. 10, along with a $1,000 donation to their organization to continue the important work being done to keep our community healthy. Nine award nominees were also recognized for their tremendous community support during the event. A donation in the amount of $250 on behalf of each of the nominees was given to their respective organization.


See a photo gallery of the 2016 UW Health Community Service Award event (Facebook)


Meet the 2016 Community Service Award recipients:


Mary Jean Erschen-Cooke

Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness


Since 1999, Mary Jean has been a devoted and active volunteer for the Center for School, Youth & Citizen Preparedness, an organization she founded that is dedicated to providing emergency and disaster preparation training to schools and communities to strengthen future generations. It also inspires people to take action in creating resilient and positive solutions to real and local needs in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities through volunteer activities and community service learning projects.


Ask anyone who knows Mary Jean and they will agree that she continually inspires those around her with knowledge, drive and enthusiasm. She is always seeking new partnerships to make the program stronger and is even now looking to broaden the scope and impact of the program. She visits Ethiopia twice a year as part of a mission group to teach nursing and pediatric nursing skills at Ethiopian hospitals. She is looking into the possibility of inviting U.S. teens to Ethiopia to train Ethiopian teens in emergency care.


Mary Jean has a passion for educating youth to be prepared for medical emergencies and beyond. This program has made a difference in the lives of thousands of teens and their communities. Her passion, caring and ability to build a strong team help her to be successful at what she does.


Corinda Rainey-Moore, Emergency Department Coordinator

Urban League of Greater Madison


Corinda is an active volunteer with the Urban League of Greater Madison, a community-based organization working to ensure that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st Century.


Corinda also leads by example and action and has garnered respect in her community because she does more than just talk about the disparities in healthcare, education and poverty in people of color in this community; she is working to change these disparities. These are all issues related to the healthcare of this population and Corinda considers them to be a public health crisis.


While Corinda was nominated for the important work she does with the Urban League of Greater Madison, she could have easily been nominated for her work with many other community-based organizations across Dane County. Corinda also serves as the Co-Vice President of The Black Women's Wellness Foundation to change the disparities in healthcare for African-American women.


In addition to her volunteer work, Corinda also takes on leadership roles within these organizations. She has also served as Interim President and as Vice President of The Urban league Young Professionals, Vice President of Madison Network of Black Professionals, President of Safe Communities, Chair of Vera Court/Bridge Lakepoint Scholarship Community and Chair of Education Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Dane County where she is also on the Board of Directors.


2016 Community Service Nominees


Joanne Rash, Physician Assistant

Kathleen Benson, Supervisor, Clinical Documentation Integrity, Community

  • Community Organization: Independent Living's Meals on Wheels program
  • Mission: We support adults as they manage their independence by providing a variety of care services, skilled home health care and housing options to maintain health and well-being.

Renae Buchheim, Marketing Communications Strategist

  • Community Organization: Aaron J. Meyer Foundation
  • Mission: Provide housing and a sober environment for students in substance abuse recovery who are pursuing post-high school education, meaningful employment, improved relationships and healthy, sober living.

Jennifer den Daas, Human Resources Business Partner

Joy Newman, Nurse with Transplant Surgery
Michelle Moreau, Community Outreach Specialist

  • Community Organization: Girls on the Run
  • Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Ashley Wenger, Regional Services Coordinator

Holly Hatcher, Nurse Clinician
Zachary Tilson, Quality Improvement Analyst

  • Community Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
  • Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Date Published: 11/19/2016

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