Froedtert Hospital Executive Leadership

Alice Archabal

Chief Development Officer, Vice President of Development

Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin jointly named Alice Archabal chief development officer and vice president of development for both organizations in July 2013. Archabal was previously the senior vice president/chief operating officer for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. 

She reports to both John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health. Archabal provides leadership for the Froedtert Hospital Foundation and for MCW’s Development and Alumni Relations offices. 

Over the past five years at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Archabal led the strategic development and execution of a comprehensive $600 million campaign. She managed a staff of 70 and was involved in all aspects of leading and operating a complex and highly successful development enterprise.

Prior to joining Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Archabal was chief development officer and vice president of Philanthropy for Feeding America, headquartered in Chicago. She also worked over a 13-year period for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis where she held a variety of positions, including senior director of regional field management. 

A graduate of Ripon College, Archabal began her career in philanthropy as assistant director of special events for the Chicago Lung Association.

Kathleen Bechtel, MSN, RN

Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

Kathy Bechtel, MSN, RN joined Froedtert Hospital’s senior management team as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in fall of 2009. She also serves as vice president of Patient Care Services. In these roles, she leads responsibilities for both the inpatient and outpatient nursing practice of more than 2,000 nurses. She sets strategy and oversees service, quality, growth and finance within nursing and works in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians.

Kathy came well-prepared to take on the challenges of nursing excellence here, including ensuring that Froedtert hospital maintains its status as a Magnet hospital, an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center for strength and quality of nursing. She spent 19 years at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, a 427 bed tertiary acute care teaching center with a Level I trauma center and a nationally verified burn center.

Kathy began her career at Regions Hospital as the trauma nurse coordinator and subsequently held leadership positions in the trauma program, burn rehabilitation, care management, nursing practice, nursing education, endoscopy and oncology. She also served as Director of Nursing Critical Care and Progressive Care.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science degree in Nursing, with a leadership and management focus, from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has received multiple nursing awards, has held numerous clinical certifications and presented or taught courses on clinical and management topics to local, state and national audiences. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and was a former member of Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing. 

Lee Biblo, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Lee A. Biblo, MD, a cardiologist at Froedtert Hospital, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was appointed chief medical officer of Froedtert Hospital in April 2012. Dr. Biblo will continue to serve as the chief medical officer for the Medical College Physicians, a role he has held since 2009. In that role, he supervises the clinical quality and clinical informatics officers and associate deans to achieve higher quality outcomes, greater clinical effectiveness, increased patient satisfaction and improved operating efficiency in patient care.

Medical College Physicians is the adult component of the Medical College’s group practice, which provides adult care in virtually every specialty of medicine at Froedtert Hospital and at Froedtert & the Medical College Clinics.

In his expanded role as chief medical officer for Froedtert Hospital, Dr. Biblo oversees the Froedtert Hospital medical staff structure, hospital activities in clinical research, and quality and resource management at outpatient and inpatient facilities at Froedtert Hospital.

“I've been privileged to work with Dr. Biblo for 10 years and I was and deeply grateful that he accepted the role of chief medical officer at Froedtert Hospital,” said Cathy Buck, president of Froedtert Hospital. “He has been an outstanding partner and an invaluable asset to our patients and staff. He is relentlessly focused on what's best for patients, and is a driving force in evidence-based medicine, quality and process improvement efforts at Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Biblo and I have worked side by side to align nurse leaders and physicians around quality and outcomes initiatives, and I look forward to continuing our strong and productive relationship in the coming years.” 

Jon Pryor, MD, senior associate dean and chief executive officer for the Medical College Physicians, said, “Dr. Biblo has implemented initiatives to attain the Triple Aim of health care—he is the right person for this position to help us improve patient health, enhance patient care, and work to reduce the cost of care. This new role will enhance the partnership between the Medical College and Froedtert Hospital to streamline those efforts. I am very excited that he has agreed to take on this critical role.” 

Dr. Biblo received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve Medical School in 1981. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowships in general medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Biblo is board certified in cardiology, clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and internal medicine. 

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.

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Gary Colpaert

Vice President of Clinical and Support Services

Gary J. Colpaert is vice president for Clinical and Support Services. In this role, Gary has executive responsibility for the Eye Institute, Respiratory Therapy, Transport Services, Food Service, Security and Safety, and Environmental Services on the Froedtert Hospital campus.

Gary joined Froedtert in February 2000 as administrative director of the Eye Institute. The Eye Institute was a good orientation to Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin as it is a joint management role and a busy environment with more than 50,000 clinical visits, 2,400 surgeries and research labs located within the building.

Gary was later appointed vice president of Perioperative Services in February of 2005 and transitioned to his current role.

Prior to joining Froedtert, his career included serving as executive vice president for the BloodCenter of Southeastern Wisconsin and vice president of clinical and support services for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Gary has a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in business from the University of Minnesota. 

Allan Gray

Vice President of Perioperative Services

Allan Gray has been named vice president for Perioperative Services for Froedtert Hospital. 

Allan has a rich background in surgical services. His experience includes work in academic medical centers, including as vice president for Surgical Services at the University of Chicago and senior vice president and general manager for Medical and Surgical Services at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. 

Allan’s responsibilities include executive oversight for Perioperative and Surgical Services, Pre-Admission Testing, the Froedtert Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Anesthesiology. He will play an active role in the Surgical Services leadership team’s work on improving OR functions and will assist with the design of our new operative and interventional suites.

Allan joined Froedtert Hospital on July 8. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University.

Susan Huerta

Vice President of Quality

Susan Huerta has been appointed Froedtert Hospital’s first vice president for Quality, Patient Safety and Performance Improvement. In her role, Susan will work closely with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Biblo and Dr. John Weigelt to improve quality hospital-wide. 

Prior to joining Froedtert in April 2013, Susan spent three years as the chief quality and process improvement officer at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Before that, she spent 12 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. 

At Rush, Susan worked closely with the quality department, directing improvement teams, and providing data mining and analytical services for the organization. She also helped lead the organization’s Epic implementation. In 2007, she was promoted to associate vice president, patient safety and clinical effectiveness at Rush University Medical Center. 

Susan began her career as a nurse in the trauma unit at Cook County Hospital and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Northern Illinois University and her Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University in 2008. 

Siddhartha Singh, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer

Siddhartha Singh, MD, MS, an internal medicine physician at Froedtert Hospital and associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was appointed associate chief medical officer for Froedtert Hospital and Medical College Physicians in July 2012. In this role, he shares responsibility with Chief Medical Officer Lee Biblo, MD, to oversee clinical research, clinical information technology and clinical quality and resource management for the hospital’s outpatient and inpatient facilities. Medical College Physicians is the adult component of the Medical College’s group practice, which provides adult care in virtually every specialty of medicine at Froedtert Hospital and at Froedtert & the Medical College Clinics. 

Dr. Singh received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 2000 and his master’s of science degree in epidemiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2009. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill., and a fellowship in general internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.