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. 


Elizabeth Behrens, MS, RN

Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety & Performance Improvement

Elizabeth Behrens MS, RN has joined Froedtert Hospital as vice president for Quality, Patient Safety and Performance Improvement. In her role, Liz will work closely with the senior leadership team to improve quality and patient safety hospital-wide. Liz will also provide oversight for Patient Relations, Spiritual Care and Infection Prevention, as well as guidance for all hospital regulatory requirements.

Liz has more than 20 years of experience in quality leadership positions and has led many successful interdisciplinary initiatives in population health, advanced care planning, case management across the continuum, patient safety training and infection prevention.

Prior to joining Froedtert in February 2015, she held the corporate position of vice president of Quality and Performance Improvement for 10 years at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois. In that role, Liz was responsible for the quality and performance oversight of the health care enterprise comprised of four hospitals and a 2000 member physician group including a multispecialty group practice with more than 75 locations.

Before her experience at NorthShore, Liz spent five years as the vice president of Quality and Performance Measurement at Rockford Health System in Rockford, Illinois. Liz has also taught at the University of Chicago President’s Lecture Series and at the Northwestern University Graduate Studies program in healthcare quality and patient safety. She is an ICU nurse by background with an advanced nursing degree as a clinical nurse specialist. Liz received her bachelor's and master’s degrees in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.


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. 


Eric Conley

Eric Conley

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Eric Conley joined Froedtert Hospital as senior vice president and chief operating officer on July 9, 2018. He is responsible for the planning, development and oversight of the day-to-day operations of Froedtert Hospital, leading new operational initiatives, establishing best practices, operational standardization and optimization, and integrating health system initiatives.

As COO, Eric will lead the continued financial and operational efficiencies, promote a culture of accountability and continued process improvement, and sustain and build Froedtert Hospital’s standing as a preeminent academic referral center. His direct reports are Allan Gray, vice president of perioperative services, Kathy Bechtel, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Gary Colpaert, vice president of clinical support services and Bethany LoPresti, PhD, executive director of Behavioral Health.

Eric has significant experience in leading academic medical center and health system operations. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Eric served as vice president of service lines and surgical services for KentuckyOne Health, where he negotiated the academic affiliation agreement with the University of Louisville Medical School and led historic high volume growth in transplant services. He previously served as vice president of operations for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the 854-bed academic medical center and primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University. His achievements at NMH included expanding ORs and improving OR utilization and implementing systems which increased patient satisfaction and staff engagement scores.

Eric earned his master’s in health care administration from The Ohio State University. He has supported his communities through leadership in organizations such as the YMCA, chambers of commerce and nonprofit arts and social services organizations.


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, the Preoperative Clinic, 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.


Andrew S. Resnick, MD, MBA, FACS

Chief Medical Officer, Froedtert Hospital
Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs Adult Practice, The Medical College of Wisconsin

Andrew S. Resnick, MD, MBA, FACS joined the senior leadership team at Froedtert Hospital as chief medical officer in August 2016. Dr. Resnick also begin his role as associate dean, Clinical Affairs Adult Practice for the Medical College of Wisconsin at the same time.

Dr. Resnick previously was at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where he has served since 2014 as its chief quality officer. There, he had a profound impact on quality and safety. He led development of inter-professional, unit-based quality teams to empower frontline staff as well as clinical and operational leaders to impact patient care quality and safety at the local level.

He led creation of institutional teams to develop system-wide strategies to improve care in areas such as mortality, hospital-acquired infections, core measures, and adverse events. Improvements in these areas has driven vast improvement in UHC rank, Leapfrog grade, and U.S. News performance.

Additionally, Dr. Resnick is a champion of transparency and improving the culture of safety. Under his leadership, a robust new patient safety department was created with the goal to make patient safety a top priority, improve event reporting and use every patient event to improve care.

Dr. Resnick’s central motivation is to transform health care, creating a patient-centered care delivery system that is high quality, cost effective for hospitals, providers, payers and patients, and provides a patient-focused experience for its customers. His 16-years of experience working with physician leaders and nursing leaders, creating collaborative improvement structures, helping run a complex operating room environment and leading the educational enterprise to improve quality demonstrate his ability to effectively lead in high performing organizations such as the Froedtert & MCW health network.

Dr. Resnick graduated from Dartmouth College, Yale University School of Medicine, completed a surgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and earned an MBA at The Wharton School. On staff at the University of Pennsylvania, he led many quality improvement activities across the organization and ultimately served as the chief surgical quality officer.


Wendy Stulac Motzel

Vice President of Ambulatory Services

Wendy Stulac Motzel joined Froedtert Health as vice president for Ambulatory Services in June 2015. In her role, Wendy has direct responsibility for operations of Froedtert Hospital ambulatory clinics and Women’s Health services. In addition, she works closely with the Department of Medicine on quality, clinical efficiency and programmatic development, and with her counterparts on overall operational effectiveness at Froedtert Hospital.

Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Wendy held several leadership positions in the health care industry with a strong emphasis in practice management, clinical operations, process improvement, business development, clinical quality, patient safety and regulatory compliance. Most recently Wendy was administrative center director at the University of Minnesota Medical School serving the departments of orthopaedics, otolaryngology, surgery and urology. Her previous roles included operations executive for Outpatient Services and director of Imaging Services.

Wendy has a Master’s Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minn., and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn. She is also a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Technology, Duluth, Minn. She is certified in Lean and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Wendy is community-minded and extends her knowledge and time to mentoring emerging business leaders and participating in community volunteer programs. She currently serves on the Fraser Advisory Board and is a member of the Women Business Leaders in Health Care and the Women’s Health Leadership Trust.


Siddhartha Singh, MD

Chief Quality 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 as the chief quality officer for Froedtert Hospital and associate dean of Quality in Clinical Affairs for the Medical College Physicians in October of 2015.

In this role Dr. Singh provides oversight and direction to the joint quality efforts of Froedtert Hospital and Medical College Physicians. He is responsible for the strategic vision, long-term planning and overall accountability for quality outcomes and patient relations functions of Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Singh works collaboratively with the transformation office of Medical College Physicians on performance improvement and change management.

Previously Dr. Singh served as the associate chief medical officer for Froedtert Hospital and Medical College Physicians. During his tenure he demonstrated an impressive track record in clinical quality and resource management for the hospital’s outpatient and inpatient facilities.

Dr. Singh received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 2000 and his Master 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.

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