Affinity names three service line directors
12 / 18 / 2006
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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MENASHA, Wis. – Affinity Health System has named directors for three newly created health service lines: Neurosciences, Orthopaedics and Diabetes.
These three service lines join the existing service lines of Heart & Lung, Cancer Care and Women & Families as key growth areas for Affinity Health System over the next three years. “We are quickly becoming known as the leader in Neurosciences, Orthopaedics and Diabetes care,” says Michael Hanson, chief operating officer for Affinity Medical Group. “By elevating these three service lines, we’re making a commitment to provide even better care for patients here in Northeast Wisconsin.”
- Mike Drees has been named director of Neuroscience Services. Drees, who has served in a number of clinical and management positions at Affinity for the past 23 years, currently is manager for the Mercy Creekside, Mercy Oakwood, Ripon and Winneconne practices. Drees earned his bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
- Deborah Anderson has been named director of Orthopaedic Services. Anderson comes to Affinity from Agnesian HealthCare, where she had been director of Corporate and Rehabilitation Services for the last nine years. Prior to that, she served as a staff/home health physical therapist at Mercy Medical Center from 1993 to 1996. Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ohio State University, Columbus, and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
- Julie Reynolds has been named director of Diabetes. Previously, Reynolds has been a nurse supervisor with Affinity. Reynolds received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.