New Role will Lead Several Operational areas
ThedaCare today announced that Chief Nursing Executive Laura Reed has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within ThedaCare. Reed will keep her CNE position and continue to report to Dean Gruner, MD, President and CEO of ThedaCare.
Reed, along with Chief Medical Officer Greg Long, MD, have spent much of the last year building a blueprint for a more convenient, accessible and affordable care model.
“We are at a time of amazing transformation in health and healthcare,” said Dr. Gruner.
“This requires new approaches and capabilities to match the rapidly changing needs of healthcare consumers. Laura will help shape the future of healthcare in Northeast Wisconsin and I am honored she has accepted the new role, particularly at this important time for our locally owned health system.”
“The ThedaCare vision has never been more compelling,” said Reed. “We have a rich history of high-quality, low-cost care and it is inspiring work for all us to preserve that legacy for generations to come. I am incredibly humbled and energized to help lead ThedaCare and its outstanding leaders, nurses, physicians and the entire team through its next phase of healthcare innovation, while maintaining our focus on quality, safety and service.”
This announcement comes at a time when ThedaCare is also openly exploring the possibility of bringing together the system’s two Fox Cities hospitals into one premier, regional healthcare destination. ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton and ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah were voted best in the area for the 15th year in a row this year, and Medicare recognized ThedaCare as providing the highest quality, lowest cost care in the country.
“Laura will take on an even larger role in our community conversations and will be engaging our providers, business leaders, and ThedaCare team members in discussions about the future of health care in Northeast Wisconsin,” says Gruner.
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 7,000 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 34 clinics in nine 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. ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton opened in February. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.