Congratulations to Dr. Judy Lottmann who was presented a Hometown Hero Award by the Wisconsin State Assembly in Madison Sept. 14. “I was extremely pleased to honor Dr. Lottmann with the Hometown Hero Award. Dr. Lottmann has not only made a distinct impact locally in Monroe County and the Coulee Region, but has really been a pioneer in rural healthcare and women’s healthcare throughout her distinguished professional career in the Midwest and the nation,” said WI Representative Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) who presented the award.
The Wisconsin State Assembly Hometown Heroes Program seeks to identify and recognize individuals from around the state who give of themselves to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of those around them. Dr. Lottmann was the only surgeon in Sparta, Wisconsin, from 1983 through 1990 and provided a variety of services in the Coulee Region in West Central Wisconsin for a number of years including at Tomah Memorial Hospital. She currently is a member of the Ethics Committee for Tomah Health and the Ethics Round Table for the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.
Dr. Lottmann helped pioneer rural surgery training programs in use today, in part because she saw the need for them firsthand and the utility of those training programs for those practicing in smaller communities, and even attended the first meeting to develop rural surgery programs in Cooperstown, New York.
“In addition to her distinguished professional work and accomplishments, Dr. Lottmann admirably served the Town of Bear Bluff as Town Clerk for a number of years. Additionally, ‘Dr. Judy,’ as she is affectionately called, has been an active volunteer leader at her church for more than a quarter century serving as the Charwoman of the Missions Committee and the Administrative Ministry Team. She’s a published author, and was also instrumental in starting a parochial school in her community. I can’t think of a better recipient of this award and recognition and was happy that a number of her family and friends, including her husband Keith, were able to attend the recognition,” said VanderMeer, who represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes portions of Monroe, Jackson, Portage and Wood counties.