UW Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Announces Retirement

Madison, Wisconsin - Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics, has announced her retirement from UW Hospital and Clinics, effective September 1, 2014.


Ms. Katen-Bahensky explained that, as part of the ongoing and important effort to bring UW Hospital and Clinics and its physician group, UW Medical Foundation, into a single integrated organization, the decision was made to eliminate her position.


As a result and after careful consideration, she has decided to retire. Ms. Katen-Bahensky indicated that, though it will be difficult to leave, she believes the restructuring and integration of these organizations is an important step in the best interest of the UW health system. Among other things, it will allow the organization to continue to deliver the highest-quality care in the most efficient and cost-effective manner to patients throughout Wisconsin and beyond.


David Walsh, Chair of the UW Hospital and Clinics Authority Board, praised Ms. Katen-Bahensky for her outstanding contributions over the years.


"UW Hospital and Clinics has just been named the top hospital in the state of Wisconsin by US News & World Report for the third straight year," he said. "Donna has continuously demonstrated her commitment to staff members and worked diligently to develop and maintain an outstanding work environment. Donna is leaving behind an incredibly strong and vibrant health care enterprise and an outstanding foundation for creating a model integrated academic health system. Just this week she was named by Becker's Health Review as one of '24 Leading Women to Know in Healthcare.' We are grateful for her years of service and for the legacy that will serve the people of Wisconsin in the future."


Dr. Robert Golden, Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, praised Donna's commitment to clinical excellence and to building a strong relationship among the three missions of patient care, research and education.


"In every interaction with Donna, it is clear that she is passionate about patient- and family-centered care. We will remain true to her vision of providing the best possible care, with an emphasis on quality, safety and outstanding outcomes."


Ms. Katen-Bahensky commented (about her upcoming departure) that she is proud of what has been accomplished at UW Hospital and Clinics while she served as the CEO and feels she is leaving behind a stronger organization.


"Most of the core goals I have set for UW Hospital and Clinics have been achieved and I am proud of what we have done. I feel I have set the stage for this organization to continue its success as a high-performance hospital, an outstanding workplace and an environment where physicians and staff can thrive and grow their careers. I feel my work here is done, and look forward to taking on new challenges and opportunities moving forward."

Date Published: 08/14/2014

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