As Sun Prairie native John Sheehan takes the reins as president of UW Health's American Center, currently under construction, he has also taken a personal approach to ensuring quality health care.
In addition to growing up near the new hospital site, Sheean's father was a former teacher in Sun Prairie, and his mother was a former nurse. Sheehan said he knows what it is like to have a loved one spend a lot of time in the hospital.
Sheehan's wife Amy had diabetes, a kidney transplant and then brain cancer. She spent a significant amount of time in and out of hospitals, but Sheehan said she kept a strong spirit.
While she was in remission, Sheehan and his wife moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Madison.
"We'd have great health care here at UW Health for her, and we were starting a new life, and we were very excited about that," Sheehan said.
Not long after they moved to Madison, Amy died in her sleep.