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Rep. Reid Ribble receives Society’s Presidential Citation

Release Date: April 11, 2014
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

MADISON (April 11, 2014) The Honorable U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI 8th District) has received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award. Outgoing Society President Timothy McAvoy, MD, presented the award to Rep. Ribble for his “commitment to the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s patients, as well as a refreshing willingness to reach across the aisle to work with like-minded individuals to get things done.”

Rep. Ribble received the award in from Dr. McAvoy in Washington, D.C. last month, but he was honored in absentia during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Green Bay April 5-6.

The Presidential Citation was established in 1959 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to medicine or public health.

“Representative Ribble has fought to bring common sense back to government through his legislative work and we are greatly appreciative of his work with us (the Society),” said Dr. McAvoy, who highlighted some of Rep. Ribble’s achievements as well as his support of the Society’s efforts to have greater access to Medicare Data and to ensure there is geographic equity in Medicare reimbursement.

“It’s because of his sense of doing what’s right for the people of Wisconsin that I wrote an op-ed last fall commending Rep. Ribble for his courageous vote to end the government shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff,” Dr. McAvoy continued. “It was the type of vote and leadership that put the country and Wisconsin citizens before party and is analogous to the type of sensible actions we need from both Democrats and Republicans to resolve other critical issues such as Medicare’s flawed payment system. It was a commendable step that hopefully more of his colleagues from other states will embrace.”

Rep. Ribble shared his gratitude through videotaped remarks.

“I’ve traveled a great deal during my business career and I’ve seen countless health care systems in other states and nations. Wisconsin has them all beat. It’s not because of the work I’ve done in the past three years but because of all of the work that you’ve done over the decades right there at home,” Rep. Ribble said. “I’m proud to be on your team. I’m honored to have the privilege to work with you. And I’m ready and willing to help however I can make your jobs a little easier and make government a little less burdensome.”