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Three faculty members, MCW-MMAC partnership named Notable Heroes in Health Care by Milwaukee BizTimes

The Notable Heroes in Health Care awards, presented annually by BizTimes Media, honor the accomplishments of people and organizations making a positive impact on health in the area. This year, three MCW faculty members were named Heroes, as was the collaboration between MCW and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC).

Heidi F. Christianson, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, was honored for her efforts to quickly adapt psychological services to an online format in the beginning of the pandemic. She also expanded these services to include medical trainees and frontline workers – groups that were noticing an abrupt increase in fatigue and anxiety as a result of the pandemic. Read Dr. Christianson’s BizTimes bio.

David Lal, MD, MPH, professor of surgery (pediatric), was honored for his efforts to donate blood after he recovered from COVID-19 in March to help others who were sick. His blood was used in the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin convalescent blood program, which collects donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to help others who are critically ill fight the virus. Read Dr Lal’s BizTimes bio.

Ian B. K. Martin, MD, MBA, chairman and professor of emergency medicine, was honored for being at the forefront of fighting COVID-19 since the pandemic hit. Dr. Martin’s expertise in infectious disease and emergency medicine has made him uniquely equipped to combat COVID-19. Read Dr. Martin’s BizTimes bio.

The MCW-MMAC partnership was honored for addressing COVID-19 as both a health crisis and economic disruptor. Throughout the pandemic, the two organizations collaborated to help guide businesses, providing actionable information and expert advice through regular webinars and various resources.

During Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order, MMAC president Tim Sheehy joined MCW President Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., for daily webinars, providing updates on COVID-19 case numbers, PPE shortages and hospital capacity concerns, and answering audience questions. Now biweekly, these webinars help people understand the realities of the pandemic and make informed decisions.

Sheehy and Dr. Raymond also join WTMJ-AM for a weekly briefing to discuss the latest COVID-19 news and its effect on the economy.

The MMAC also works with MCW to provide businesses with resources to maintain safety in the workplace, including the Smart Restart Toolkit, a Health & Safety Checklist and guidance on the pandemic’s mental health toll for business leaders and their employees. All these resources are housed at mmac.org.

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