UW Health Honored at 2015 Public Health Awards

Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health physician Dr. Randall Brown, the UW Hospital and Clinics Ebola-preparation team and nurse Marc Rosenthal were among those honored at the 2015 Public Health Awards in Madison Wednesday, May 6.


The annual awards, presented by Public Health Madison Dane County, recognize those who have made impactful contributions and demonstrated a strong commitment to improving public health in the community.


Randall Brown, MD, PhD, associate professor of family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, received the distinguished service award to the community for collaboratively working to prevent addiction and reduce harm and death from opioid use.


Brown believes that one day, primary care providers will be able to manage alcohol and drug addiction in their patients the same way they now manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension. Brown has done research at the Dane County Courthouse regarding treatment model-related outcomes for opioid users who go through drug court. He is a member of several committees related to health and drug use and is the founding director of the UW fellowship in addiction medicine.


The Ebola outbreak, which has been a global news story for much of this past year, promoted two additional honors to UW Health. Odana Atrium nurse Marc Rosenthal, who has been a nurse for 30 years, received special recognition for going above and beyond for Ebola preparedness. He spent two months in Port Loko, Sierra Leone last winter as a volunteer nurse to help fight Ebola; his team helped increase the Ebola survival rate in Port Loko from 10 to 40 percent.


Rosenthal, a UW-Madison School of Nursing alum, is now back to work. Rosenthal has been giving presentations to small groups about his journey and felt it was his calling to try to help this global crisis.


UW Hospital and Clinics were also recognized for their efforts for Ebola preparedness and response efforts. Director of life safety Marisa Bartlett and clinical infection-control practitioner Michelle Schmitz accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. UW Hospital and the American Family Children’s Hospital are two of the four designated Wisconsin hospitals prepared to treat patients with confirmed Ebola infection. The hospital has prepared extensively to be ready if such a case appears.



The awards were presented by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane Count Executive Joe Parisi at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Nominations were submitted by organizations in the community and the Public Health staff.

Date Published: 05/06/2015

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