November 14, 2023 Membership Meeting


SCWIHERC November 14, 2023 Membership Meeting Notes

Meeting recording:

Passcode: see email from Jennifer November 16


The hospital group discussed the warehouse survey and discussed the balance of adequate inventory versus space available.  The DASH Tool  is robust and a bit overwhelming, and likely a starting point.  Note that the DASH Tool does let you export results after entering your data.

Suggested meeting topic: FirstNet communications capabilities.  Will work to bring this topic in for a future meeting.

The Hospital Forum will skip meeting in December, Jennifer will send out a survey to schedule for early January.


Jennifer gave a few SCWIHERC updates.  The Training Needs Assessment Survey was sent out October 25 and will close November 24.  This is very important and our primary source of information for planning trainings in the region and state, please strive to have at least one response per organization, but multiple people from the same organization are welcome to respond!  The ventilator survey, sent Nov 8 and Due Nov 20, can be used to request no-cost ventilators from WI DHS stockpile.  SCWIHERC applied for carryover funding to support a cybersecurity workshop and conduct a power outage tabletop exercise.  Cyber is #3 on our HVA, and WICTRA hosts a two day workshop wherein the first day is doing a TTX to discover your organizational vulnerabilities, and the second day is used to write a cyber event continuity plan.  Power Outage is # 2 on our HVA, and we are looking to host an in-person tabletop exercise like the good old days where we would be grouped together with our local response partners, and cover response to a substantial power outage which affects health partners but also impacts the community.  Other smaller projects for which SCWIHERC requested carryover money include refreshing our website, and continuing our fundraising efforts as a nonprofit organization.  Don’t forget that SCWIHERC is offering scholarships to support emergency preparedness efforts in the region, see email sent November 3.  Also note the following scheduled spring dates: Feb 6 and May 7 for SCWIHERC meetings, February 21 for Medical Surge and Response Exercise (MRSE).

Jim Oleson, WI DHS Warehouse Supervisor, gave an update on warehouse operations.  The state has a glut of supplies received during the pandemic, and needs to demobilize and return to pre-pandemic operations and par levels.  This is the reason behind the warehouse survey which closed yesterday, November 13.  Refer to recording for more details, questions can be sent to

Ann Zenk, Wisconsin Hospital Association, gave a presentation on workforce development and WHA’s work on this topic to train and retain the healthcare workforce.

Traci Lindsey, South Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers, also gave a presentation describing SCWAHEC’s mission and work on this topic.  They are interested in hearing from you if your organization can take interns or mentor students in some capacity!

Refer to the recording for more details.

What are we working on and preparing for?

MCI preparedness, upcoming respiratory season, staffing shortages/hiring/retention, cyber threats, decon, PHEP and other emergency plan updates.

Meeting attendance:

Jeff Brown- Mercyhealth

Dave Kitkowski- St. Clare Baraboo and SCWIHERC

Michael Niles- Rock County HD

Karen Nsiah-Ababio- Rock County HD

Jordon Denfeld and Derrick- Maxim Staffing

Karmen Bryer- Beloit Health System

Nathan Bubenzer- Meriter UPH

Dave Larson- Madison VA

Belle Koch- Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Mary Crowley- Juneau County HD

Steve Haskell- UW Health

Patti Miller- City of Beloit EM

Angie Cohen- Grant Regional

Jodi Moyer- Beloit Health System

Carmen Luther- Reedsburg Area Med Ctr

Ben Thompson- Mercyhealth

Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel

Mary Tessendorf- Monroe Hospital

Tammy Kingery- Gundersen Moundview

Adam Dahle- Encompass Health Rehab Hospital

Mike Stephens- Fort HealthCare

Leanne Seifert- Watertown Regional Med Ctr

Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County

Sharon Rateike- ECRI

Page Heinke- SSM Health at Home

Kyle Schaeffer- UW Health

Emily Kosterman- Waupun Memorial

Katie Budack- Grant Regional

Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health

Sarah Jensen- Marquette Co HD

Debbie Siegenthaler- Iowa Co HD

Sean Madison- NIPARC

Victoria Parker- Watertown HD

Lynn Skatrud- Green Co HD

Jodie Molitor- Sauk Co HD

Erin Hastert- Lafayette Co HD

Kara Takes- Unified Therapy

Kimberley Spurgeon- Family Health La Clinica

Gary Ziegler- Green Co EM

Anthony Rauterberg- Watertown FD

Diana Quinn- SSM Health

Jeff Ethington- UW Health OPO

Jim Oleson- WI DHS

Ann Zenk- WHA

Traci Lindsey- SCWAHEC

Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC