Froedtert Health Executive Leadership

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin locations are part of the Froedtert Health system. Learn more about executive leadership at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, and executive leadership at the community hospitals, Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls and St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend.

Froedtert Health Executive leadership includes:

Keith Allen

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Keith Allen joined the Froedtert Health Human Resources Department as senior vice president and chief human resources officer in 2012. Keith came to Froedtert from the University of Maryland Medical Center/System/University Specialty Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where he served as the vice president of Human Resources. Keith has 30 years of experience working in various health care human resource roles, including employee relations, organizational development and employee safety and health. His health care career began in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he did an internship at a teaching hospital that led to his first job in health care.

Keith’s vision for Human Resources at Froedtert Health is to be in the top quartile of Human Resource Departments at the University Health Consortium, where he serves as a Steering Committee member on the Chief Human Resources Officers Council. “We need to make sure we have the right human resources processes and procedures needed at every level of the organization to support our clinical services,” he said.

Other initiatives he sees for future development include facing the workforce shortage challenges. “There are 78 million workers leaving the workforce every year and 42 million coming into the work force. Health care is labor intensive. Working with others, we need to make sure there is a supply of trained professionals to fill positions in health care.”

Michael Anderes

Vice President, Neurosciences, Spine and Musculoskeletal Service Lines

Michael Anderes joined Froedtert Hospital as vice president for clinical and support services in June 2012. In July 2013, Michael transitioned to a new role within the Froedtert Health's service line structure as vice president for neurosciences and musculoskeletal service lines.

In this role, Michael has a matrixed reporting relationship with defined accountabilities to the senior vice president for planning and service line development and the three hospital presidents.

Michael was the director of strategy at Poudre Valley Health System, a Malcolm Baldrige award winning organization in Northern, Colo. He also spent the preceding 13 years with Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz., as a physical therapist, department leader, orthopedic and neuroscience service line leader and director of health system strategy. During his tenure, he was recognized for starting the first full-time physical therapy program in the emergency room in the country, leading system-wide service lines and departments that operated at Medicare rates and developing a market analysis and strategy formation framework.

Michael is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.

Katherine Bagemihl

Chief Operating Officer, Community Physicians

Katherine Bagemihl, FACHE, serves as chief operating officer of Community Physicians since February 2014. Prior to that she held an interim COO role for Community Physicians starting in November 2013. As COO, Kathy leads the Community Physicians strategic planning efforts and provides oversight of day to day operations, to ensure that practice management has the focused operations and resources to achieve optimal quality, financial and performance outcomes. She also concentrates on establishing best practices, operational standardization and system integration as we continue to align operations across our physician practices.

Kathy joined the Froedtert team in 2005 as director of Ambulatory Services. Prior to that, she served in a variety of executive and leadership roles since 1996 including a director position at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and vice president at Curative Care Network. Kathy has a M.S. Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Graduate School of Business and a B.S. Occupational Therapy – Summa Cum Laude - from Mount Mary College. 

Kathy is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on the UHC Ambulatory Council and provides community leadership as a volunteer on the Board of Directors as treasurer for the Tosa Community Food Pantry.

John Balzer

Vice President, Facility Planning and Development

John A. Balzer, vice president of Planning and Development for Froedtert Health, was named by his peers as one of the top 20 professionals who have made a significant difference in advancing the design of health care facilities. (Healthcare Design, December 2008.) 

That "making a difference" has been a hallmark of John Balzer’s career. He took an interesting path to his current position, beginning his professional life as an elementary school teacher. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and math from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Balzer immediately received his teaching credentials and set about instituting innovative teaching practices that would engage and excite his young students. His efforts brought him recognition as a "State of Wisconsin Outstanding Young Educator."

Balzer supplemented his teaching with a part-time maintenance position. Eventually the intrigue of that work captured him and led him to earn a Master of Science in Engineering Management, specializing in construction management, construction finance and construction law, from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

He joined Froedtert Hospital in August 1980 as a second-shift maintenance worker. From the start he applied the same energy, skill and enthusiasm that he brought to teaching and steadily earned his way to his current position.

As head of facility planning and development, Balzer has made his mark by promoting the theme of "logical, not lavish" to all facility development initiatives. This approached has allowed Froedtert Health to gain the most value from every construction dollar. He bases all his projects on the key factors of flexibility, customer service goals, positive work environment for staff, operational efficiencies and capacity/growth accommodation all within a reasonable schedule and cash flow. Each and every project is subjected to a "what gets measured, gets done" mandate.

Catherine Buck, MSN, RN 

President of Froedtert Hospital

Catherine J. Buck joined Froedtert Hospital in 1982 and was appointed president of the hospital in 2010. She was executive vice president and chief operating officer from 1999 until 2010. Since joining Froedtert Hospital, Cathy served in progressive leadership capacities, pioneering numerous patient safety and quality improvements. 

Her work in bringing Six Sigma and Lean to health care has been recognized nationally through numerous presentations, awards and business media.

Buck received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from DePaul University in 1976 and her master’s degree in nursing from Rush University in 1979. She worked as a staff nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s and the University of Chicago, prior to joining Froedtert.

Read Cathy's full bio.

John Butler, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Community Physicians

John B. Butler, MD, became chief medical officer for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians on Feb. 17, 2014. He was chosen as the top candidate from a diverse, highly qualified pool of candidates during the national search process. Dr. Butler’s appointment was endorsed by the Physician Leadership Council and approved by the Community Physicians Board.

Most recently, Dr. Butler was associated with Dean Health System and St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., where he served as the vice president of medical affairs for Dean Clinic (Primary Care), and prior to that as vice president of medical affairs for St. Mary’s Hospital. Throughout his 34-year medical career, he has held a number of executive and leadership positions with Wisconsin health systems, including roles as medical group president, internal medicine department chair and chief of medical staff. He has also served on multiple task force teams, committees and boards of directors, many of which focused on the use of evidence-based initiatives to improve performance and operational efficiency.

As CMO, Dr. Butler leads clinical operations and oversee clinical quality, service quality, patient care outcomes, provider performance and access to care. He will work closely with the Enterprise CMO, Medical College Physicians, Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin and our hospitals to establish consistent and effective transitions between these environments. He will continue to build the framework for a cohesive, aligned practice environment and a culture focused on service and continuous improvement.

Dr. Butler is a board-certified internist and will begin to see patients in the fall 2014.

Robert DeGrand

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Bob DeGrand serves Froedtert Health as vice-president and chief information officer, a position he assumed in January 2009. In that role he is responsible for Information Technology (IT) strategic planning, implementation and maintenance at Froedtert Hospital, Community Memorial and St. Joseph’s Hospitals and all associated clinics and administrative/support offices. 

More than 30 years of health care information systems experience coupled with IT work as a consultant for Froedtert Hospital beginning in 1997 positioned Bob well for this leadership position. His IT experience includes strategic information planning, project management, system selection, contract negotiations and customer support for a broad array of health care applications and models for clinics, hospitals and health systems throughout the country

As a consultant at Froedtert, Bob was actively involved in the Y2K changes, Affinity implementation, HIPAA changes and has played a major leadership role in the implementation of the Epic IT strategy. Through those assignments he became a valued and trusted member of the IT Team. As chief information officer, Bob welcomes the clear challenge to stay ahead of the curve with health care reform. He is focused on establishing IT as a full partner with Froedtert Health in a collaborative and strategic way that consistently aligns IT strategies with Froedtert Health business strategies.

Over the years Bob has been active in a variety of healthcare professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). 

Catherine Mode Eastham

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Catherine Mode Eastham joined Froedtert Health in January 2002 as general counsel and became vice president and general counsel in 2005.

However, she provided legal representation to Froedtert while with the law firm of von Briesen & Roper, SC for about 15 years prior to joining the staff. She has handled a broad array of hospital legal matters from bond financing and tax exemption issues to clinical research, risk management and medical records.

Catherine earned her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1985 and her bachelor’s degree in politics from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1981. 

She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin (including its Health Law Section), and the American Health Lawyers Association.

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Allen Ericson

Chief Operating Officer, Community Hospital Division and President, St. Joseph's Hospital

Allen Ericson is the president of St. Joseph’s Hospital and chief operating officer of the Community Memorial Hosptial and St. Joseph's Hospital. Ericson leads St. Joseph’s Hospital and oversees daily operations of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Community Hospital Division, which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital and Community Memorial Hospital.

Ericson has more than 22 years of health care leadership experience in numerous settings. He was previously the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.  Catholic Medical Center is a 330-bed facility in the largest city in New Hampshire.

Prior to Catholic Medical Center he was chief operating officer of Memorial Hospital of Salem County, N.J., part of the for-profit health system of Community Health Systems.  Ericson has a master’s of business administration from Widener University in Chester, Penn., and his bachelor’s in economics from Rutgers University, Camden, N.J. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Medical Service Corps.

Caryn Esten

Vice President, Planning & Strategic Support

Caryn B. Esten was appointed Vice President, Planning & Strategic Support Services for Froedtert Health in January of 2013. Ms. Esten joined Froedtert Health as a manager in 2005 and was promoted to director in 2008. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, she held leadership roles in both the Interactive Marketing and Financial Services industries.

From Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Caryn received a Masters of Business Administration Degree, a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, triple majoring in accounting, marketing and management information systems.

In her role, Caryn has responsibility for key business functions, including strategic planning, business development, market research, customer experience and service line support. She leads Froedtert Health’s efforts to streamline collection, management and analysis of market, volume, clinical, financial and patient experience data and will have expanded responsibilities in business intelligence and innovation.

Caryn is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Planning. She is currently participating with colleagues from across the country on the development of the Patient Experience Body of Knowledge for The Beryl Institute. 

Lynn Fischer

Vice President, Transplant, Heart and Vascular Service Lines

Lynn Fischer joined Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin as vice president for clinical and support services in June 2012. In July 2013, she transitioned to a new role within the service line structure as Froedtert Health vice president for transplant and heart and vascular service lines. Lynn continues to work with the established physician-administrative dyads in those service lines. Her responsibilities include oversight of the transplant, dialysis, heart and vascular and medicine areas.

Lynn came to Froedtert & the Medical College from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas, where she served as the associate vice president of cardiovascular, transplant and surgical Services.

Prior to her experience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she worked as the vice president for operations at Baylor Clinic and Hospital in Houston, Texas where she was responsible for the development of the heart/vascular and neurosciences services lines and new facility design development.

Lynn served as the director of the heart and vascular service line at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, at the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. as the division director of cardiovascular services and at Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee as the regional program manager of cardiac services, as well as the regional manager of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention and in multiple progressive roles at  St. Luke’s Medical Center – Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee.

Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College with a minor in adult education. She also earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

Kerry Freiberg

Vice President, Community Engagement

Kerry Freiberg was named vice president of Community Engagement in May 2013. In this role, Kerry leads community engagement and benefit activities for all entities in the Froedtert Health system. She also continues to serve as executive director of the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Kerry’s responsibilities include engaging Froedtert Health and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in the communities it serves, including underserved and underinsured populations. She works with non-profit organizations, community liaisons, civic organizations as well as government, chambers of commerce and other leaders and organizations to create meaningful partnerships to position Froedtert as an active and important partner in all of the communities it serves.

Kerry has been with the health system since 1992, serving in various roles for Community Memorial Hospital and the Community Hospital Division. Kerry holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Carroll University. 

Scott Hawig

Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Froedtert Health has named Scott Hawig, CPA, CMA, MBA, as senior vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer. In this role, Hawig is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to finance in the health system including financial planning and budgeting, financial reporting, revenue cycle management and strategic initiatives.

Hawig comes to Froedtert Health from Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina, where he served as the executive leader over the health system’s revenue cycle organization. In this role, he managed more than $2.8 billion in net revenue for three hospitals (including a large academic medical center,) a 1,300-member faculty practice plan and a primary care group. 

He previously served as vice president of finance at Shands HealthCare at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Hawig received his master’s in business administration from Duke University and bachelor’s in business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

Joseph B. Hill

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Joseph Hill assumed his role as vice president and chief diversity officer for Froedtert Health in July 2011. When he entered the doors of Froedtert Health in March 2010, Joseph B. Hill became the first leader to hold the position of executive director and chief diversity officer for the system. Joseph had a blank sheet on which to develop and implement strategies that help sustain a culture of excellence through diversity and inclusion. Joseph’s role ensures that Froedtert Health is positioned to effectively serve all communities and people in a culturally competent environment.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Joseph served as the managing director of Diversity and Inclusion for the American Cancer Society’s national home office in Atlanta, Georgia. He also was the American Cancer Society’s national director of Diversity and External partnerships with responsibility for working with all 17 divisions on diversity and inclusion strategies and serving as the senior leader in the development and implementation of business relationships with key diverse community organizations and leaders. Joseph also spent some time applying his skills at the corporate headquarters of Cingular Wireless, which became AT&T Mobility, where he served as senior Diversity manager.

Joseph earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Virginia Union University and an M.A. in Public History from Howard University.

Catherine Jacobson

President and CEO, Froedtert Health

Cathy joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She became President of Froedtert Health in 2011 responsible for all operations of the health system as well as strategic and financial planning. She assumed the CEO role in 2012.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Cathy spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in a variety of roles including chief financial officer of Rush’s health plan as well as chief compliance officer for the health system. She was appointed as chief financial officer and treasurer of the health system in 2002 and was senior vice president of Strategic Planning and Finance, chief financial officer, and treasurer until 2010.

Read Cathy's full bio.

James Klauck

Vice President of Ancillary Services 

Jim Klauck is vice president of Froedtert Health Ancillary Services, reporting to Froedtert Health Chief Operating Officer Dennis Pollard.

Formerly the director of Pharmacy Services at Froedtert Hospital, Jim assumed the role of vice president for Froedtert Heatlh Supply Chain Services in 2007. He led the system consolidation effort in Supply Chain and followed that with the integration of system-wide Pharmacy operations. Jim has also played a key role in the organization and leadership of Froedtert & the Medical College's value-based care initiative across the health system.

As vice president of Froedtert Health Ancillary Services, Jim oversees several system-wide ancillary services, including Pharmacy, Imaging, Lab, Supply Chain and Rehabilitation, as well as other future ambulatory initiatives. Jim has a long record of success with Froedtert Health. In addition to the career path noted above, he has also facilitated expansion of Froedtert Health’s growing retail pharmacy network to eleven different sites; helped launched Froedtert Health’s Information Management Steering Committee and serves on numerous professional boards and committees, including several with University HealthSystem Consortium and VHA/Novation Group Purchasing Organization at the local and national level.

Patti Kneiser

Vice President of Employer Services

Patti Kneiser joined Froedtert Health as vice president, Employer Services, in October 2011. At the time, she was already a familiar figure at Froedtert Health through her previous position as principal consultant for Healthcare Consulting where she provided a variety of management consulting services for Froedtert Health and its members.

In her role as vice president for Employer Services, Patti has responsibility for several related initiatives including: providing strategic direction and leadership for Froedtert Health employer services through Workforce Health and aligning efforts of departments and clinics providing employer-based services; coordinating external occupational health services across the system; partnering with Froedtert Health’s human resource leaders to jointly develop and implement best practices as part of the overall Employer Health strategies; and providing leadership for Business Health Solutions, a component of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin that provides physicians and health system partners with cost effective tools and programs that improve patient care and outcomes.

Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University Of North Dakota and a Master of Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. Her previous positions ranged from entry into health care as a medical technologist to serving as a research assistant at a major university, then moving through the ranks from administrative fellow to assistant administrator at a 600+ bed tertiary hospital, to director of Planning for a multi-hospital system which included both Froedtert Hospital and Community Memorial Hospital, to establishing her own consulting firm.

Mark Lodes, MD

President, Community Physicians

Dr. Lodes joined Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001 as an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics physician and assistant clinical professor. From 2004-2008, he was the executive director of Froedtert & the Medical College’s Primary Care Initiative (PCI), where he oversaw the building of four new clinical sites and was responsible for the development and implementation of the recruitment plan.

During that time, the size and scope of the organization more than doubled. In 2008, PCI became Clinical Ventures Group (CVG) and Dr. Lodes took on the role of chief medical officer. CVG was a joint planning and administrative vehicle for Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin. CVG was responsible for planning, strategic development of regional physician services, external practice acquisitions, and prospective management of our existing community practices.

In the last few years, Dr. Lodes has also been working in close collaboration with our Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Neuroscience service lines in development of these programs regionally. He serves on a number of committees related to Epic, strategic planning, practice operations, and contracting.

Dr. Lodes continues to see patients on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons at the Plank Road Clinic in Wauwatosa. Practicing medicine is his passion and he hopes to never give this up. 

Randy Newman

Vice President, Finance, Community Physicians

Randy is a CPA and brings more than 20 years of financial leadership in the health care industry. In his current role as vice president of Finance for Community Physicians he oversees the financial functions of the group, evaluate business development opportunities, develop the physician compensation plan, and achieve financial targets and performance objectives.

Randy has an extensive background in senior level financial management, strategic planning, budgeting, contract negotiations, shareholder compensation, acquisitions, divestitures, health care compliance, joint ventures, and risk management. Randy joined Froedtert Health in 2010 and was a key member of the acquisition team that purchased the former Medical Associates clinics for Froedtert Health.

He was previously vice president of Operations for Froedtert Health Medical Group. He has established himself in the community as a strong leader and is currently village president of Menomonee Falls. He is a board member of Investors Associates, LLP and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Menomonee Falls. 

David Olson

Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

David Olson is senior vice president & chief strategy officer for Froedtert Health. In his role, David provides executive leadership for employer services, marketing, communications and community engagement. Previously, he served as Froedtert Health chief strategy officer, leading, directing and executing strategies to support the organization’s growth objectives. He is also involved in one of Froedtert Health’s key partnerships, Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, a regional alliance of several Wisconsin health systems.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, David served as president of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital–Ozaukee and executive vice president for the Columbia St. Mary’s system, both in southeastern Wisconsin. His experience also includes more than a decade as president and chief executive officer for Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette, Wisc.

David received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He also holds master’s degrees in both hospital and health administration and business administration from the University of Iowa.

David is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2001 he was selected as the organization’s Hudgens Memorial Award winner for National Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. During 2010, David served as the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s chair and currently serves as the immediate past-chair.

Kathi Perlewitz

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

As vice president of Marketing and Communication at Froedtert Health, Kathi Perlewitz is responsible for developing and implementing the multiple approaches and vehicles that attract people and business to the system and its members, such as advertising, brand management, communications, promotions, e-business, community education and referral development. 

Following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Allied Health, Kathi joined the American Heart Association in Milwaukee where she held a variety of positions, eventually assuming the role of Metro executive director. 

Through her work with the Heart Association, Kathi often met and collaborated with members of the Froedtert Hospital management team.  She joined the Froedtert Marketing team in 2002 as director of Access Services. As director of Access Services, Kathi worked primarily with referring physicians and hospitals to facilitate patient access to Froedtert Hospital. She demonstrated leadership in creating fiscally sound initiatives that attracted patients and clients to the hospital and became known for her constant focus on customer service and return on investment that still drives her today. 

While leading Access Services, she also dedicated time to earn her Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With those credentials and twenty-two years of management, marketing and program delivery experience, Kathi was well-suited for her leadership role in marketing at the system level, a position she assumed in 2008. 

Dennis Pollard

Chief Operating Officer, Froedtert Health; President, Community Hospital Division and President, Community Memorial Hospital

Pollard has been senior vice president and chief operating officer since June 2007. Pollard joined Community Memorial Hospital in October 1990 as the program manager for Rehabilitation Services. In January 1994, he was appointed vice president of Ambulatory Care Services for Community Memorial. He became vice president of Planning and Program Development for Community Memorial in January 2001 and in March of 2004 was promoted to senior vice president of Planning & Program Development of Froedtert Health. In 2009, Pollard was appointed president of Community Memorial Hospital; a role he currently maintains.

Pollard is a licensed physical therapist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He received a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1978. Read Dennis' full bio.

Peter Pruessing

Executive Vice President, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin

Peter Pruessing is executive vice president and senior advisor to Cathy Jacobson, CEO, on behalf of Froedtert Health. Peter is also chief executive officer of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, a multi-system joint venture corporation supporting innovative strategies in health care delivery. 

Most recently, Peter served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Froedtert Health. He joined Froedtert Hospital in March 1999 as senior vice president – External Affairs with a joint appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His arrival here was a homecoming of sorts. Peter was born in Milwaukee and worked for The Medical College in the early 1970s. From 1979 to 1981 he worked with Bill Petasnick at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where Peter continued to work until 1999.

Peter's education reflects his diverse interests. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and Master’s Degrees from Iowa State University in English and from Brown University in American Civilization and in History of Biology and Medicine. He also enjoys music and art. His mother was a professional opera singer well known in Wisconsin in the 1940s and 50s and his wife is a weaver, showing her art at the Lake Front Festival of Arts and other juried art exhibitions.

Dean Thomas

Senior Vice President, Planning and Service Line Development

Dean Thomas joined Froedtert Health as senior vice president of planning and service line development in December 2013. Dean is accountable for planning, driving growth and improving the value performance of service lines throughout the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.

Dean has a successful track record in health care administration, and most recently was vice president of clinical service lines and business development with Scottsdale Healthcare in Ariz. There he increased service line net revenue, implemented several new clinical services and helped advance hospital-physician alignment. Prior to his successive roles with Scottsdale, Dean served in multiple service line and operational roles at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.

Dean earned dual master’s degrees in business administration and health services administration from Arizona State University.


Jonathon D. Truwit, MD

Enterprise Chief Medical Officer, Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Jonathon D. Truwit, MD, joined Froedtert Health and The Medical College of Wisconsin on Jan. 13, 2014, as enterprise chief medical officer. Dr. Truwit also holds the rank of tenured professor of medicine (pulmonary) at the Medical College.

As enterprise CMO, Dr. Truwit is responsible for the development, management and implementation of a strategy and vision to improve enterprise quality and safety outcomes across the continuum of care, improve physician alignment and satisfaction, and lead evidence-based programs, practices and activities that deliver results. Additionally, he will provide leadership and expertise for clinical quality and safety, disease management, care coordination, clinical integration and the overall patient experience, and play an integral role in expanding the health system’s clinical footprint.

Dr. Truwit was formerly professor of medicine with tenure, chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Dr. Truwit received a BSE from Duke University School of Engineering in 1979, his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983, and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2009. Dr. Truwit served his internship and residency in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1983-1986. He completed a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1986-1989. Dr. Truwit is currently certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and holds subspecialty certifications with the ABIM in Critical Care and Pulmonary. His peers also have selected him to be included in Best Doctors in America annually since 2005.

Jeffrey Van De Kreeke

Vice President of Finance

Jeff Van De Kreeke has oversight and responsibility for business operation functions including general and subsidiary accounting, financial reporting, decision support, budgeting, payroll, reimbursement, corporate internal control, patient services/business office, admitting/registration and health information management/medical records.

Jeff brings strong credentials to his role. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s in business administration from Drake University. A Certified Public Accountant, he worked for several years in audit and consulting with Ernst & Young before entering the field of healthcare finance. He first served as director of finance and financial planning for the 673-bed Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and then joined the 535-bed Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as vice president and Medical Center controller.

Born and raised in Sheboygan, Jeff left D.C. and came back to his Midwest roots in 2001 to assume the role of controller at Froedtert Hospital. Jeff moved from controller to vice president of finance for Froedtert Hospital before being appointed to his current role for Froedtert Health in January 2008. Today, Jeff’s responsibilities span four operating entities and the Froedtert Health parent corporation.

Jeff serves as a board member and Finance Committee chair for Horizon Home Care Hospice, is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and belongs to the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Mary Wolbert

Vice President, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer

Mary Wolbert joined Froedtert Hospital in 1994 as the director of Health Information Management. Before assuming her current position in 2006 as vice president, chief compliance and project officer, she was the chief compliance officer.

Mary holds a Masters of Project Management Degree from Keller Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Record Administration from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association, Health Care Compliance Association and the Project Management Institute.