Petasnick Named to Baldrige Foundation Board of Directors
Milwaukee, WI (February 9, 2010) – William D. Petasnick, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert & Community Health has been named secretary to the Baldrige Foundation Board of Directors.
Established in 1988, the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a nonprofit, private-sector organization that raises funds to permanently endow the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is named for Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until his death in 1987. The award is given by the President of the United States to businesses, and to healthcare, education and nonprofit organizations that exceed the highest levels of organizational excellence.
The board of directors oversees the investment and disbursement of award funds, as well as the planning and funding requirements.
Petasnick has been active in a number of national organizations, recently serving on the board of the American Hospital Association and as its chair in 2008. He has also served on the Board and as the Chair of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
Petasnick is also currently serving on the boards of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership. He has recently been appointed to the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Political Science.
Petasnick is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and was awarded the Rotary Club of Milwaukee Person of the Year Award in 2006. In the Spring of 2007, he was given an honorary doctorate in Health Management from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in recognition of his national leadership role in health services administration, and was the first such individual to receive this honor from the UW system.
An adjunct associate professor of health management at the University of Iowa, Petasnick earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MHA from the University of Minnesota. Petasnick is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.