Although he's only been in office a few days, Forrest “Dean” Danner Jr., the new board chairman of the Medical Group Management Association and the vice president and chief operating officer of Wausau, Wis.-based Aspirus Clinics, has already had an immediate impact on at least one aspect of day-to-day life at the MGMA: How to pronounce his home state.
“Wih-SKAHN-suhn is is out. “Wis-KÄN-sen” is in. At the MGMA's recent annual meeting in Denver, the organization's president and CEO, William Jessee, made a note of the pronunciation in his opening remarks. And, after introducing Danner and mentioning his affiliation with Wis-KÄN-sen-based Aspirus, outgoing Chairwoman Christine Schon quipped “I did say it right.”
No word yet on Danner's position on the po-ta-to/po-tah-to controversy.