Driven to Achieve: Coreen Dicus-Johnson Wins Prestigious Community Award
It isn’t every day that a person could walk into an office, be greeted by Donald Driver holding a bouquet of flowers and then receive a ceremonial, oversize check for $40,000. That was the scenario when Central Market President Coreen Dicus-Johnson received the Donald Driver Driven to Achieve Award, a prestigious annual recognition for individuals and organizations whose volunteerism, programs and mentoring have made a tremendous impact on the community.
The Driven to Achieve Award is named after former Green Bay Packer Super Bowl champion and all-time leading receiver Donald Driver. Each year, the Award honors five Wisconsin individuals for outstanding community efforts. It was created to recognize and celebrate accomplishments of charities, companies and community leaders.
Winners possess a dedication to excellence and display persistence and tenacity in reaching their organizational goals. The monetary award allows recipients to continue in their quest to improve the lives of people in the community.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Coreen.
She believes her work at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is a calling because it can be difficult to balance the financial aspects of taking care of the poor while maintaining financial viability. She has said that her work feeds her soul.
In 2010, Coreen assumed operational leadership of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group practices in metro Milwaukee and immediately tackled patient and physician satisfaction with a vision to redesign roles within the offices to provide more personal and attentive care. The model is credited for brilliance in its simplicity and led to increases in patient satisfaction, practice growth, improved preventive screening outcomes, and reductions in claim denials based on improved processes.
Coreen intends to use the funds to support the development of a healthcare clinic within St. Augustine Preparatory Academy being built on Milwaukee’s south side. The school is being sponsored by Gus Ramirez, executive chairman of HUSCO Intl., and will maintain a strong Catholic identity for students. This project was a natural fit for Wheaton, whose mission seeks to reach patients where they are at serving those most vulnerable.
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