Ascension Health and Columbia St. Mary’s Health System Announce New President And CEO Of Columbia St. Mary’s

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Travis Andersen, President & CEO of Columbia St. Mary's Health System(Milwaukee) July 8, 2014 – Ascension Health and Columbia St. Mary’s Health System announced today that Travis Andersen has been named President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in Milwaukee. Andersen assumes the role previously held by Mark Taylor, who retired at the end of June. Andersen will begin his new responsibilities on August 4, 2014.

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

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 became a wholly owned ministry of Ministry Health Care in 2012), 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. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Andersen was an area manager with John Deere Health of Moline, Illinois, where he had responsibility for 120,000 members of their health plan. An Iowa native, Andersen earned his master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

“I am honored to be joining an organization with such a storied history and passion for care and service. 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,” said Andersen.

Nick Desien, President and CEO of Ministry Health Care and the Ascension Health Ministry Market Leader for Wisconsin, said, “Travis has done an outstanding job of advancing St. Elizabeth Hospital. 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, will be pursuing his doctorate degree. “Columbia St. Mary’s is financially strong and extremely well positioned for the future,” said 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,” said Columbia St. Mary’s Board Chair, George Hoff. “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.’

Ascension Health ( is transforming healthcare by providing the highest quality care to all, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Ascension Health, which provided $1.3 billion in care of persons who are poor and community benefit last year, is the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Our Mission-focused Health Ministries employ 150,000 associates serving in more than 500 locations in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Columbia St. Mary’s, sponsored by Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, is an organization comprised of three hospitals, 65 community clinics, The Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, and eight Urgent Care Centers, which have all joined together to care for individuals and families throughout Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Sheboygan counties – with more than 165 years of service to individuals and families in these communities.



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