Thanking Our Medical Professionals
You and your family can experience truly world-class medical care here in Wisconsin. Our state is ranked number two in the nation for health care quality by the federal government. That doesn't happen without caring, dedicated professionals who are on the top of their field. People like Dr. Lois Connolly, my anesthesiologist from Froedtert/The Medical College.
Lois came to Madison this week for Doctor Day, which explains all the white lab coats around the state Capitol on Wednesday. On Thursday, I visited with the members of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, also in Madison for their annual day focused on legislative issues.
Pharmacists and doctors, nurses and administrators, all are essential to the care we receive. I was lucky in my battle with cancer to receive care from the best docs possible. I shared that apprecation with all these medical professionals in my remarks. And they were so encouraged to remember why they entered medicine in the first place--not to fight with insurance companies, not to argue over Medicaid rates, and certainly not to testify for trial lawyers, but to help and heal people. Bravo to all of them.
Quiet in the rotunda
You could tell the librarians were in the house - it was noon in the Capitol Rotunda, and not a squeak could be heard. Libraries are good for much more than quiet study spaces, however --they open worlds to people young and old. As a mother of two young girls, I love my Oconomowoc Public Library for the education and entertainment it provides.
But for people across Wisconsin, libraries are also an essential gateway to the world -- with computers, high-speed internet, and lots of good old fashioned books. It was a joy to join the Wisconsin Libraries Association in celebrating their 125th birthday and all the good work they do making our communities stronger and smarter.