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Donna Katen-Bahensky

President and CEO University of Wisconsin Hospital and ClinicsDonna Katen-Bahensky began her tenure as President and CEO at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in February 2008.
UW Hospital and Clinics is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers with nationally recognized programs in organ transplantation, heart and vascular care, cancer care, neurosciences, pediatrics and orthopedics. This 592-bed tertiary care center consists of UW Hospital and Clinics, the American Family Children's Hospital, the NCI-designated UW Carbone Cancer Center and Level 1 trauma and burn centers for both adults and children.


Previously, Katen-Bahensky served as Chief Executive Officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs at University of Iowa Health Care. Katen-Bahensky also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics.


Katen-Bahensky began her career at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she rose to Hospital Chief Operating Officer after starting as Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing and completing an administrative residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She received her B.A. in anthropology and a Master of Science degree in public health administration, with an emphasis in health services management, from the University of Missouri in Columbia.


As a leader in health care, Katen-Bahensky has been active in many professional organizations. Recently she was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association starting in January 2012. Previously, Katen-Bahensky served on the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges, on the American Hospital Association's Committee on Health Professions, on the Board of Directors of the University HealthSystem Consortium and was an alternate delegate for the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association.


Katen-Bahensky also volunteers in her community. She has had a 26-year relationship with the American Heart Association, having most recently been the Chair and member of its Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors and Vision for Volunteerism Task Force. In addition, she is a member of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and recently served as the Co-Chair of the United Way Delegation to Improve Behavioral Health in Dane County. Starting in September 2012, she will serve on the Overture Center Foundation Board. She has also served as a board member for multiple community non-profit organizations including the United Way, Ronald McDonald House and American Red Cross. In 2008, she was named a "Family Champion" by Working Mother magazine and was made a lifetime member in the Girl Scouts of the USA for her contributions to the program.