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Welcome Travis Andersen, New President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary's

Columbia St. Mary’s is excited to announce that Travis Andersen has been named President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System.

Andersen comes to CSM from Ministry Health Care where he has served as President of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and oversaw Calumet Medical Center, a critical access hospital located in Chilton.

“I am honored to be joining an organization with such a storied history and passion for care and service," says Andersen. "Together, we can continue moving forward and building upon the tremendous progress and innovations of Columbia St. Mary’s, as the organization upholds its legacy of care in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas."

Under Andersen's leadership, St. Elizabeth Hospital has undergone a focused evolution to become a higher acuity facility; approximately $200 million in capital investments have included: a 90-bed inpatient tower, a new Birthplace Postpartum Unit, Emergency Department, Heart, Lung & Vascular Center, Outpatient Surgery Center and Cancer Center.

During his tenure at St. Elizabeth Hospital, the organization has demonstrated strong results in virtually every key performance category including clinical quality, patient experience, growth, and physician and associate engagement.

Andersen came to Wisconsin in 2001 when he joined Affinity Health System (which in 2012 became a wholly owned ministry of Ministry Health Care) as director of business development. In this role, he established relationships with UW Health in Madison to bring specialized pediatric and cancer care to St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. He also brings significant professional experience in healthcare contracting, prior to coming to Wisconsin, as area manager with John Deere Health of Moline, IL where he had responsibility for 120,000 members of its health plan.

An Iowa native, Andersen earned his master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

The search committee was impressed with his well-rounded and exceptionally strong operational and leadership experience that will serve Columbia St. Mary’s patients and the community well. He is a creative leader who will continue to build on the many successes realized under the steady leadership of Mark Taylor.

“Travis has done an outstanding job of advancing St. Elizabeth Hospital," says Nick Desien, President and CEO of Ministry Health Care and the Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for Wisconsin. "He has engaged and energized not only the organizations’ physicians, associates and boards but also the entire Appleton community. He is an excellent choice to lead Columbia St. Mary's.”

Taylor, who recently retired (you can read his retirement announcement HERE), will be pursuing his doctorate degree. “Columbia St. Mary’s is financially strong and extremely well positioned for the future,” says Taylor. “We have an operating vision that has focused our efforts on preparing Columbia St. Mary’s for the dramatic changes underway in healthcare today.“

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we want to thank Mark for his extraordinary service to Columbia St. Mary’s and our community,” says George Hoff, Columbia St. Mary’s Board Chair. “We are very pleased that Travis accepted our offer to join Columbia St. Mary’s as President and CEO. He is a creative leader who will continue to build on the operating vision created by Mark, our associates and physicians, our board, and the community.’

Andersen will begin his new responsibilities on August 4, 2014.

Please join us in welcoming Travis Andersen to Columbia St. Mary’s.


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