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Thursday, March 06, 2014 - Two Executives Named to Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Practice Group

Milwaukee, Wis. — John Butler, MD, has been named chief medical officer, and Kathy Bagemihl has been named chief operating officer of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians. This clinical practice group includes more than 250 physicians practicing at more than 30 Froedtert & the Medical College clinics throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

John Butler, MDIn his role, Dr. Butler will lead clinical operations and oversee clinical and service quality, patient care outcomes, provider performance and access to care. He will work closely with other Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin partners to establish consistent and effective transitions between care environments. Using evidence-based initiatives to improve performance and operational efficiency, he will continue building the framework for a cohesive, aligned and service-focused medical practice environment.

Dr. Butler most recently served the Dean Health System as vice president of medical affairs for Dean Clinic and previously as vice president of medical affairs for St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis. With a focus on improving value for patients, Dr. Butler brings proven experience in an integrated delivery environment and a comprehensive understanding of care delivery in a risk-based contracting environment. He was actively involved in the development of an Accountable Care Organization and use of Lean principles and the Medical Home model to implement new care delivery initiatives that advance population health. 

Dr. Butler is a board-certified internist. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, did his internal medicine internship at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s in Denver, Colo., and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati.  He received his master’s in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a member of American College of Physicians, Wisconsin State Medical Society and American College of Physician Executives. 

Kathy BagemihlAs COO, Bagemihl will focus on strategic planning efforts and oversight of day-to-day operations to ensure the practice has the focused operations and resources to achieve optimal quality, financial and performance outcomes.  She will be responsible for establishing best practices, operational standardization, and system integration across Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin physician practices. Her significant experience with Six Sigma, LEAN, performance excellence and value-based care will be valuable in creating enhanced process and workflow efficiencies.

A leader at Froedtert & the Medical College health system since 2006, Bagemihl most recently served as vice president of ambulatory services for Froedtert Hospital which includes 42 clinics, seven procedural areas and more than 800 staff members. She has successfully reduced hospital readmissions, improved service engagement, grown Froedtert & the Medical College outpatient clinics and developed infrastructure and processes to drive down costs.

Bagemihl has a master’s of science degree in health care administration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from Mount Mary College. Bagemihl has served as interim chief operating officer for Froedtert & the Medical College Community Physicians since November 2013.  She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and board member for its Wisconsin Chapter. Locally, Bagemihl serves on the boards of the Tosa Community Food Pantry and the Outreach Community Health Centers, a Milwaukee-based federally qualified health center.

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health care network is made up of Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls; St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend; and more than 30 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics. Joining the capabilities of an academic medical center affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Froedtert & the Medical College health network delivers highly coordinated, cost-effective health care to residents of southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. The network’s three hospitals have 772 staffed beds, nearly 40,000 annual admissions and more than 900,000 annual outpatient visits. For information, visit