William D. Petasnick, FACHE, is the recently retired Chief Executive Officer of Froedtert Health Inc, Milwaukee, WI—a role he has held for over 19 years. Froedtert Health is a $1.5 B regional provider of primary and tertiary healthcare services in eastern and southeastern Wisconsin.  Froedtert Health combines Froedtert Hospital; an academic medical center affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin, with community hospitals and physician groups to provide a full array of services. He is continuing to remain active in the health field by serving on the Froedtert Health board of directors; chairing the Health Forum Board which is strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association and acting as a strategic advisor and board member to several private healthcare organizations.

As a national leader, Mr. Petasnick served as chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Mr. Petasnick has a strong track record of effective leadership, a keen understanding of the health care field and has served as strategic advisor on health care issues to many organizations and businesses. He has a reputation as a collaborator and consensus builder, and is recognized for his expertise on health policy matters. In the Spring of 2007, he was given an honorary doctorate in Health Management from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in recognition of his national leadership role in health services administration, and was the first such individual to receive this honor from the UW system.

Mr. Petasnick is an adjunct associate professor of health management at the Rush University program in healthcare management and at the University of Iowa. He earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MHA from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Petasnick is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Speaker Topics

  • Future of Health Care
  • Governance
  • Health Care Reform
  • Strategic Planning

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