The annual WMS Foundation Fundraising Dinner took place on Friday, April 13 on the eve of the Wisconsin Medical Society's 2018 Annual Meeting, and WACEP was proud to sponsor the event, during which BayCare Emergency Physician Dr. Kerry Ahrens MD, MS was awarded the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr. MD Young Physician Award. This award is presented each year to a young physician who demonstrates commitment to patients, the medical profession and the community.
Doctor Ahrens serves as chair of the Wisconsin Stroke Coalition and medical director for the Oshkosh Fire Department, provides director level services for outlying smaller emergency medical services agencies, sits on the board of the Region 6 Regional Trauma and Advisory Counsel and is an associate professor for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health working with residents as a physician on UW MedFlight. She was nominated by her colleagues for her tireless advocacy work and for serving as a trusted source for medical and wellness information for the Green Bay media and her advocacy related to rural health issues, alternatives to opiates, vaccinations, driver safety, and bicycle and motorcycle helmet use.
The Foundation dinner was emceed by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), pictured here in the center with WACEP Past President Bobby Redwood, MD, MPH, FACEP, (left), and WACEP President-Elect Jeff Pothof, MD, FACEP (right).