(Waupun) SSM Health Wisconsin was recently recognized for their inclusive hiring practices. The healthcare provider, with facilities in Waupun and Fond du Lac, received an Exemplary Employer Award during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The month is focused on highlighting employer’s commitment to employment practices that encourage the full participation of individuals with disabilities. SSM Health St. Agnes Hospital President Katherine Vergos says it has been a blessing to see how their organization has benefited from the unique skills and abilities of individuals with disabilities. Mike Bledsoe, Senior Director of Human Resources for the SSM Health Wisconsin Region, says they have created unique programs and partnerships focused on positively impacting the employment rate for individuals with disabilities within the communities they serve. He adds through school partnerships and internship programs, individuals with disabilities are exposed to and trained for a variety of positions that match with their unique abilities and passions.