Edgerton Hospital Wins Community Engagement Award

Edgerton Hospital recently received the “2017 Community Engagement Award” given jointly by Quarles & Brady LLP and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in strengthening community health and wellness partnerships. As part of the award, Edgerton Hospital received $500 to help fund their “Fitness Zone” program at the local Edgerton grade schools, which ties directly back to the hospital’s goals as outline in their Community Health Needs Assessment.

Edgerton Hospital has been working to combat childhood obesity and encourage activity among its young residents. In addition to previously implementing a Fitbit program at the Edgerton Middle School, the hospital has now established a "Fitness Zone" in the local elementary schools. The Fitness Zone allows hospital staff to attend recesses and coordinate activities to get kids moving. While the program has been successful, a lack of funding makes it difficult to expand. The hospital plans to enhance the program by using its award money to purchase equipment, which will enable more children to participate.

 “As a health and wellness organization, we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the health of our community,” said Jim Schultz, Edgerton Hospital CEO. “With this particular program, our team is laying the footwork for these children to move forward in their lives, with proper nutrition and exercise as part of their daily routines. Working closely with the School District of Edgerton allows us access to this youth group and a chance to make a positive impact on their lives today, which will extend into the future as they grow into healthy adults. We’re pleased to have been recognized for our efforts!”

Community Education Manager, Lisa Rebman, attends recess at the Edgerton Elementary School and encourages activity through fun games and music.