Paul Ginkel, a longtime member and current president of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) 2013 Trustee of the Year Award at a ceremony held in Prairie du Chien on Sept. 23. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual who promotes the ideals of health care as well as the countless hours a person dedicates to the mission of ensuring that high quality health care is accessible in the local community.
In presenting the award, WHA President Steve Brenton not only acknowledged Ginkel's service to the Board and his leadership, but he also recognized Ginkel's understanding of broad-based community health needs and his participation in local, state and national health care policy.
"Paul has always embraced his role in the larger health care community," Brenton said. "His home base may be Prairie du Chien, but his commitment to improving health care is much broader. He has shared his knowledge of governance and the industry with health care organizations statewide. In addition, he has worked with local elected officials and legislators to build an appreciation for and an awareness of the issues that are unique to rural hospitals."
The Wisconsin Hospital Association advocates for the ability of its more than 130 hospital and health system members to lead in the provision of high quality, affordable, and accessible health care services, resulting in healthier Wisconsin communities.