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Three Local Healthcare Leaders to Receive Honors

Feb. 2, 2012

Three inspiring leaders in community healthcare have been selected to receive Horizon Home Care & Hospice’s annual Touching Lives Awards. The 2012 recipients are Ms. Sue Derus, Executive Director of Cancer Services, Froedtert Hospital; Dr. David Hoogerland, Chief of Staff at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital; and Ms. Robyn Turtenwald, community volunteer & Community Memorial Hospital board member. All will be honored at Horizon’s annual Matters of the Heart Gala February 18.

“Each of these individuals has committed so much time, talent, and energy to positively influencing health and healthcare in our community,” said Mary Haynor, Horizon Home Care & Hospice president and CEO. “Their contributions are truly beyond measure, but we hope that recognizing them with the Touching Lives Award is a good start to showing the depth of our appreciation.”

Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College of Wisconsin are home to a nationally recognized Clinical Cancer Center, and many credit Sue Derus with bringing the facility to life. According to her nomination, “The Center is built on a unique model of care that puts the patient in the center, surrounded by everything needed for the most effective, personalized, and comprehensive interdisciplinary care and advanced technologies to take on any cancer diagnosis. It’s a wonder in program and building design, and Sue Derus made it happen.”

On the surface, the Clinical Cancer Center is a three-story, 173,000-square-foot building of glass and steel that creates an atmosphere of healing with space that is bright, warm, hopeful, uplifting and connected to the nature that surrounds the building. But it is so much more than a new building; it is a new philosophy of patient-centered care. And, according to those who work with Sue, she is the glue that keeps this innovative new facility running not just smoothly, but superbly for patients and their families.

Dr. David Hoogerland has served Columbia St. Mary’s and the residents of eastern Wisconsin for more than 30 years. His many contributions are extraordinary in their scope, and are perhaps best summarized by Dr. Anthony Linn, a 2011 Touching Lives Award recipient.

“I’ve worked with Dr. Hoogerland for 30 years and he has exactly the same level of commitment to his patients – skill at preparing for surgery, carrying out the surgery and following {patients} over long periods of time to assess the course of their treatment – that he had on day one,” said Linn. “This level of commitment is not by accident. It is partly due to his nature and partly due to his own design.”

Perhaps more impactful than the organizational leadership and medical care that Dr. Hoogerland has provided is the influence that he has had on developing the careers of so many physicians. As Director the Obstetrics-Gynecology residency for many years and Clinical Professor in the Departments of OB/GYN at the University of Wisconsin and The Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Hoogerland has been an exemplary teacher and role model for countless medical students.

Despite Robyn Turtenwald’s own battle with multiple sclerosis, she has continued to serve others with a generous and healthy spirit, and her community involvements and accomplishments are far too numerous to list. She is, among many other things, a member of 20 years on the Board of Directors of Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls; a leader of the Community Outreach Steering Committee at Community Memorial Hospital; a member of the Breathe Easy Menomonee Falls Task Force; and the former manager of the Menomonee Falls Village Centre’s Business Improvement District, during which time she was responsible for the inception of the village’s Farmer’s Market.

Turtenwald is broadly recognized in her community for her perseverance and eagerness to serve. According to her nomination, “One would be hard-pressed to find a member of the Menomonee Falls community who has not been touched by Robyn’s efforts. Not only has her diligence touched lives, it has saved lives – as evidenced by the care provided to the uninsured by the Community Outreach Health Clinic, a community asset Robyn set in motion.”

The Touching Lives Award was created in 2007 to honor the community’s most dedicated individuals. Horizon’s annual Matters of the Heart Gala is February 18, 2012 at the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee. The annual event raises funds for the agency’s Grief Resource Center, the state’s only free walk-in center dedicated to grief, bereavement and healing. To purchase tickets, click http://www.hhch.net/gala/.

About Horizon Home Care & Hospice
Horizon Home Care & Hospice, a nonprofit organization established in 1990, is the state’s second largest full-service home care agency and hospice. Horizon, in partnership with Columbia St. Mary’s and Froedtert and Community Health, is licensed to provide home care and hospice services, Medicare and Medicaid certified and accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information, please visit www.horizonhch.org.

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