Katen-Bahensky Named to AHA Board of Trustees

President and CEO University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Madison, Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics president and Chief Executive Officer Donna Katen-Bahensky is among the newest members of the American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees.


Katen-Bahensky and seven others will start their terms on the Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2012. The Board is the policy-making body of the AHA and oversees the group's direction and finances.


Before joining UW Hospital and Clinics in February 2008, Katen-Bahensky previously served as CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the senior associate vice president for medical affairs at University of Iowa Health Care.


She also was executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics in Richmond, Va., and began her career at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she rose to the position of COO after having started as the director of strategic planning and marketing and completing an administrative residency at University of Michigan Hospitals.


Katen-Bahensky has been active in organizations and community programs throughout her career.


She has served on the Board of Directors of the University HealthSystem Consortium; was an alternate delegate for the AHA's Regional Policy Board; and is a member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the AHA's Committee on Health Professions.


Additionally, Katen-Bahensky serves as chairwoman of the American Heart Association's Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors and has served as a board member for multiple community non-profit organizations including the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Ronald McDonald House and American Red Cross.


The other new AHA Board members are:

  • Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.
  • Christopher Durovich, president and CEO of Children's Medical Center of Dallas
  • Dan Gross, RN, DNSc, the executive vice president for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego
  • R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta
  • Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill.
  • Maureen Swick, RN, MSN, PhD, NEA-BC, senior vice president/chief nurse executive at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.
  • Barbara L. Wilson, immediate past chair of St. Luke's Treasure Valley Board of Directors in Boise, Idaho.


The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

Date Published: 07/28/2011

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