2021 Rotary Person of the Year
John Raymond, MD
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The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has no higher honor than the Rotary Person of the Year Award. Annually, our club honors an accomplished local individual who has distinguished herself or himself with professional accomplishments. Unlike other awards that recognize civic and philanthropic achievements, the Rotary Person of the Year honors leaders who build, employ, and have an economic impact in our region. Members of our club are eligible for the award, but, most often, the winner comes from outside the club.
John Raymond, MD, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), leads both MCW and Milwaukee with a strong collaborative spirit, driven to engage with regional business leaders and community organizations to reduce health disparities in our city and state. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Raymond has served as a trusted expert on health and science helping guide fellow leaders and our entire community through the difficult realities of the pandemic.
Dr. Raymond is personally invested in ensuring each individual in our community is informed about COVID-19 and now, vaccinations. He generously donates his precious time to many interviews, webinars, and MCW-hosted virtual community town halls, and he is involved at the ground level, personally answering community questions about the virus and vaccination options. MCW’s town halls address directly the public’s questions on topics such as vaccines, testing, health disparities and COVID-19, and more, each of which garners hundreds of attendees. Dr. Raymond goes to great lengths to ensure every person who asks gets the information he or she needs to fight COVID-19 in our community.
Dr. Raymond’s commitment to upholding science and promoting the expertise of other health experts has brought immeasurable value to our community. While many people these days choose to ignore and denounce data and science, raising Dr. Raymond’s profile as a trusted source of information has enabled a safe and responsible reopening of our economy.
Beyond COVID-19, Dr. Raymond has said he wants to make Milwaukee one of the nation’s healthiest and safest cities, and last year, with his leadership, MCW and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation announced a partnership that seeks to do just that. The ThriveOn collaboration is an investment that will address social determinants of health by fostering greater synergy among community organizations, civic engagement, education, research, and policy change. Dr. Raymond’s passion for improving health equity and reducing health disparities were instrumental in forming this joint vision.