Catherine A. Jacobson, FHFMA, CPA

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President and CEO, Froedtert Health

Catherine Jacobson serves as president and CEO of Froedtert Health, a $1.7 billion regional health care system based in Milwaukee, Wis. In partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network consists of eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center, two community hospitals, a community physician practice with over 240 physicians, and Medical College Physicians — the adult multispecialty practice plan with over 750 clinical providers. In 2014, the health network saw almost 38,000 inpatient admissions, more than 900,000 outpatient visits and 2.4 million physician office encounters.

Jacobson joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as executive vice president of finance and strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She was promoted to president in 2011, and assumed the CEO role in 2012. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in various leadership roles.

Catherine A. Jacobson talks about the Froedtert & MCW health network and the future of health care at the 2015 World Health Care Congress.

Jacobson served as the voluntary national Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) during the 2009-10 term. A member of HFMA since 1989, she served on the national Board of Directors from 2004-10 and the Principles & Practices Board from 1995-2001 (chair, 2000-01).

Jacobson currently serves on the American Hospital Association’s Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council, a three-year term ending in 2017.

Current board appointments include Mercy Health of Cincinnati (formerly Catholic Health Partners); Wisconsin Hospital Association; United Way of Greater Milwaukee; The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (chair); Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin (chair); Blood Center of Wisconsin; United Hospital System, Kenosha, Wis.; the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (chair); the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. She also serves on the UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. 

Jacobson was recognized with Becker’s Hospital Review 2014 Healthcare Leaders Award and named one of Becker’s 24 Leading Women to Know in Healthcare. She was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013, and received an honorable mention as Executive of the Year in 2014.

Jacobson is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Institute and the Healthcare Executives Study Society.  She is also a member of the Chicago Network — an organization for women executives, and TEMPO and Professional Dimensions — two Milwaukee-based women’s leadership organizations.

Jacobson is a Fellow of HFMA and a Certified Public Accountant. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.