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Health care organizations have foundational goals of improving their patients’ health, recruiting and retaining skilled staff, and managing costs, all while generating a broader benefit to their communities. Pursuing energy and material efficiency, shifting to renewable energy, and becoming resilient to natural disasters, otherwise known as Climate-Smart Healthcare, is an under-recognized opportunity for organizations to simultaneously make progress on all those foundational goals.  


Wisconsin is fortunate to have some of the worldwide individual and institutional leaders in this innovative work. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn from those leaders, connect with your peers, and gain access to resources that can help you start achieving these benefits immediately for your organization, your patients, and your community. 

This webinar is intended for the senior leadership from hospitals and healthcare organizations and Wisconsin health professionals. Programming is presented by Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action, a fast-growing group of Wisconsin healthcare professionals advocating for equitable solutions to the climate crisis.


APRIL 20, 2021  |  12-1:30 PM



Jeff Thompson, MD, is a former CEO of Gundersen Health System, pediatrician, and author of Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community.

As the CEO of Gundersen Health System for 14 years, Dr. Thompson was responsible for improving quality, lowering cost, and advancing care into the community. His long experience as an intensive care pediatrician and senior executive has shown how leading from one’s values can affect tremendous lasting change.

During his tenure, Gundersen Health System developed an energy program that reduced greenhouse gases by 95%, decreased hazardous pharmaceutical wastes by 98%, while decreasing the cost of care and improving the local economy. Gundersen was repeatedly recognized nationally for excellence in quality and cost.


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC), and is co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace. He also co-­chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Patz has written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change, and co‐edited the five-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011) and Climate Change and Public Health (2015, Oxford University Press).

Patz has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. He also served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.


Katie Wickman, MS, RN, CIC, is the Sustainability Manager for Advocate Aurora Health. Wickman is a registered nurse with experience in clinical bedside nursing and infection prevention. In her current role, she has influence in all areas of Advocate Aurora’s sustainability program and plays key roles in the development of healthy and sustainable standards and practices among the system’s 75,000 team members. She represents Advocate Aurora in several national market transformation groups, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council Healthcare Facilities Advisory Board, and the Health Care Climate Council, working to advance health and sustainability throughout the health care sector.

12:00-1:00 PM | WEBINAR
1:00-1:30 PM | Q&A  SESSIONS

Senior Health System Leadership

Wisconsin Health Professionals & Hospital/Clinic Staff

Wisconsin Climate & Health | Dr. Patz

Benefits of Climate-Smart Care | Dr. Thompson

Implementing Sustainable Practices | Katie Wickman

Engineering Better Hospitals & Clinics | Jeff Rich

Jeff Rich has three decades of experience in manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, and energy management and led the development of Gundersen Health System’s Envision Program, including energy conservation and renewable generation projects.  He served as a board member for the Gundersen Health Plan and Healthcare Without Harm’s Climate Council Steering Committee.


He currently serves as Board Treasurer for Renew Wisconsin and as U.W. Platteville’s Advisory Board Chair for the Sustainability & Renewable Energy Systems major.  Rich retired from Gundersen Health System in 2019 and provides part-time consulting services to the healthcare and energy sectors as the owner of Green Coulee Consulting.


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