Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Froedtert Health
Dennis M. Pollard is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Froedtert Health, primarily responsible for overseeing the health network’s shared corporate support services, Community Hospital Division and major elements of its ambulatory network strategy. Dennis is also focused on the health network’s value-based care initiative – redesigning the system’s cost structure while advancing quality outcomes and overall patient experience.
Dennis joined Community Memorial Hospital in October 1990 as the program manager for Rehabilitation Services. Four years later, in January 1994, he became part of the executive team as vice president of Ambulatory Care Services for Community Memorial Hospital. Dennis became vice president of Planning and Program Development for Community Memorial Hospital in January 2001 and in March 2004 was promoted to senior vice president of Planning and Program Development for Froedtert Health. Dennis has been senior vice president and chief operating officer of Froedtert Health since June 2007. On July 1, 2009, Dennis was also appointed president of the Community Hospital Division and president of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital; roles he maintained through Dec. 31, 2016. In August 2016, Dennis was promoted to executive vice president.
Earning a master’s degree in health management from Cardinal Stritch University in 1990, Dennis completed his undergraduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1978.
He began his health care career as a physical therapist. From 1986 to 1990, Dennis was the director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services for St. Mary’s Medical Center in Racine, Wisconsin. A former surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Dennis was also a clinical faculty member for the Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy from 1982 through 1999. He served on the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Council on Medical and Professional Affairs from 1997 to 2004. Dennis is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a past president of the Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Dennis serves on several affiliate boards of the health network. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Living Services and Waukesha County Community Foundation. Dennis also sits on the Nativity Jesuit Academy Board Facilities Committee.
Dennis brings the same determination, discipline and focus on improvement outlined in his professional career to his personal life as well. He is a marathon runner and five-time participant in the Boston Marathon with a personal best time of two hours and 38 minutes. Up until 2015, he volunteered time every summer as a physical therapist at a veterans’ rehabilitation camp in northern Wisconsin. Dennis lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife, Kathy. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.