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November 10, 2015

ThedaCare Names Chief Nursing Executive

ThedaCare has named Laura Reed as its first chief nursing executive.

Laura Reed Named to Newly Created Position to Lead Nursing Staff

ThedaCare has named Laura Reed as its first chief nursing executive.

As chief nursing executive, Reed oversees ThedaCare nursing staff, which makes up 36 percent of the health system’s workforce. She will work to enhance the consistency, quality and safety of nursing practices across ThedaCare, along with giving staff members the necessary resources to take their care to the next level.

Reed has held several leadership positions including chief nurse executive for the University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health System and senior vice president-patient care services and chief nursing officer for Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Reed will report to President and CEO Dean Gruner, MD, and be paired with Greg Long, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president of cardiovascular, orthopedic and spine services, to improve the level of care delivered to ThedaCare patients.

“As a seasoned chief nursing executive, Laura will not only bring knowledge and experience to ThedaCare, she’ll bring a fresh perspective and new ways of approaching our work,” Dr. Gruner said. “There are many things that get me excited about Laura joining the ThedaCare team: she is a wonderful person, a strong fit, very talented and is so very committed to advancing both patient care and the nursing profession.”

Reed is pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Minnesota. She holds an executive master’s degree in business administration degree and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Coe College and a diploma in nursing from the Finley Hospital School of Nursing.

For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,800 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 35 clinics in 14 counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.  Construction of ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton is underway.  For more information, visit or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.