2020 Marks the 10th Anniversary of John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, at MCW 

Dear MCW Alumni:

The unprecedented events of the past few months have precluded me from reflecting on my first decade at MCW. I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some of my most cherished highlights of the past ten years.

The theme of my inauguration address in October 2010 was “Strength through Collaboration.”  At that time, I noted that “Collaboration is essential now more than ever due to the enormous challenges and opportunities before us.  In order to move successfully into the future, we will need to focus on selective, targeted growth.  We will focus on developing our people and programs, and on reaching out to partners in our community that can help us to better address the needs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the region.  Through collaborations, we will maximize our own chances of success to educate outstanding clinicians and scientists; to be good partners and collaborators; to be responsible citizens who serve the communities in which we live; and to address the pressing healthcare needs of those in our region who suffer from health disparities, hopelessness and the cycle of poverty.”

I believe that building partnerships has been key to our many successes over the past decade, including a multitude of important initiatives – large and small – that we have accomplished during this time. The most substantial of these come to mind quickly, such as:

  • Establishing our regional campuses (MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin).
  • Establishing the School of Pharmacy.
  • Partnering with medical schools around the country to create the Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine.
  • Developing a joint vision with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to address health disparities and the social determinants of health in our community and to realize a shared vision of a Milwaukee that is equitable, healthy and thriving for all.
  • Launching the IWill MCW campaign to address gender equity.
  • Obtaining funding for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) for three consecutive five-year cycles.
  • Developing the MCW 2025 Strategic Framework to set a new vision for 2025 and to ensure that we remain a trusted leader well into the future. 
  • And, most recently, we have come together to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest which have prompted us to continue and redouble our work to be an anti-racist institution.

We could not have undertaken these and many other critical initiatives without creating a culture that would embrace new ways of doing things—and without the support of our alumni community. As we continue to serve our state and nation through our missions, all of us at MCW are grateful for your support and dedication. 

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD
President and CEO
Professor of Medicine