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The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital has been named one of the 20 top performing VA hospitals in the country. The list was released Wednesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The honor comes from The Joint Commission, an independent non-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. A bit more detail reveals that Madison was one of only 6 VA hospitals to achieve top scores in all four areas: myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Read the entire Capital Times article here.


The Department was notified that the NIH R13 grant application titled “Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) Courses to Increase Women and Minorities in Academic Surgery” was funded for 2 years at $10,000/year to support the cost of travel for trainees. Kristi Herritz has been writing R13’s to support attendance at conferences and scientific meetings—this is her second funded R13.

Honors and Awards

Dr. James Maloney has been slated for election as the American College of Chest Physicians’ Governor for Wisconsin effective November 1, 2011. ACCP Governors serve two year appointments and are the communication conduit between members, working committees, and the ACCP leadership. They serve to help organize ACCP members to advocate at the local level and impact regulatory and policy change.

Sherri Zelazny, MA, CCC-SLP, senior speech language pathologist, will receive the UW Health Faculty and Staff Community Service Award for her work with the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association at a ceremony on October 3. Sherri is Vice President of the WI-APDA. This award was created to recognize faculty and staff throughout the UW Health enterprise who demonstrate exceptional commitment and leadership as a volunteer for a community organization that promotes a community health priority.


On August 19, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistants Chris Goodavish and Jeff Miller instructed PA’s from Marshfield, Appleton and Chicago on endoscopic vein harvest in a course sponsored by Maquet Cardiovascular. The course took place in the Surgical Sciences Laboratory, with the support of Devon Klipsic, DVM, who ran the lab.

In the News

Click here to check out the story on Dr. Ahmed Afifi’s journey to UWHC.

Read Dr. Lee Faucher’s AFCH blog post on his son’s bike accident. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System