Chief Operating Officer, Froedtert Health and President, Community Memorial Hospital
Dennis Pollard is chief operating officer for Froedtert Health and president of Community Memorial Hospital.
Dennis entered the health care field as a licensed physical therapist and along the way served as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities; as a clinical faculty member for the Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy; and as a member of the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Council on Medical and Professional Affairs.
In 1994, Dennis joined the executive team at Community Memorial Hospital. In 2001 when Community Memorial Hospital and Froedtert Hospital began the transition to Froedtert & Community Health, Dennis became an active member of the planning team, moving into the role of senior vice president of Planning and Program Development for the system in 2004. According to William D. Petasnick, President and CEO of Froedtert and Community Health, “Dennis has had a key role in creating the strategic vision for our system.”
It is a vision that flows from Dennis’ consistent focus on finding better ways to provide health care. He has maintained that focus with determination and discipline and today he leads the system’s planning with a deep appreciation for Froedtert Health’s unique vision of academic-community partnerships. “I am energized by helping to create and strengthen a system that can execute that vision in ways that make a positive difference for the patients and communities we serve,” he said. “I am also very proud to be a part of Froedtert Health because of our commitments to being responsible stewards of the health care resources we manage, and to the communities we serve. Those are more than just words for Froedtert Health. It is a foundation for the way we partner with others,” he added.
Dennis brings that same determination, discipline and focus on improvement to his personal life. He is a marathon runner and five time participant in the Boston Marathon with a personal best time of two hours and 38 minutes. And each year he volunteers time as a physical therapist for a veterans’ rehabilitation camp in northern Wisconsin. Dennis recently completed his term as president of the Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce, and has just been named the Marquette University College of Health Science Distinguished Alumnus in Physical Therapy for 2009.
Dennis received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration form Cardinal Stritch University. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.