Affinity names new president of St. Elizabeth Hospital
Travis Andersen's goal is to ‘continue providing world-class medical care to Fox Cities’
10 / 05 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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APPLETON, Wis. – Travis Andersen, the current president of Calumet Medical Center, has been named president of
Andersen, an Appleton resident, becomes the 18th administrator for
“I believe the history of
As president of Chilton’s 25-bed critical access hospital, Andersen:
- Gained approval for and oversaw a renovation to the hospital’s emergency, registration and radiology departments;
- Recruited gynecology, physiatry, nephrology and urology services;
- Initiated the development of an orthopaedics and sports medicine program;
- Created an after-hours and weekend walk-in clinic;
- Guaranteed funding for, and established a radiation oncology transportation van that allows Chilton area cancer patients receive daily radiation treatments in Appleton without worrying about a daily 60-mile commute;
- Implemented digital radiology;
- Introduced an electronic retail pharmacy where patients can purchase basic, acute-care drugs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“Travis has demonstrated success as a true leader, both in day-to-day operations of the hospital and in strategic thinking and planning,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, president and chief executive officer of Affinity Health System. “He has implemented a number of new programs and services while ensuring quality of care, customer service and financial performance for Calumet Medical Center and Affinity Health System. I am very excited that he will be taking over the leadership of
Before becoming president of Calumet Medical Center in 2005, Andersen was the director of Business Development for Affinity Health System. In this role, Andersen developed relationships with UW Health in Madison to bring specialized pediatric and cancer care to
Andersen will continue to lead the cancer program for Affinity Health System, which he has done for more than one year.
A native of Wilton, Iowa, Andersen received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and German from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, and his master’s degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He is still active at the University of Iowa as an adjunct faculty and board member in the health administration program.
Andersen has been very active, both in the Appleton and Chilton communities. He currently serves on the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fox Cities Steering Committee. And Andersen says he will continue to be “very involved in the community.”
Affinity is working on a transition plan and interim reporting structure for Calumet Medical Center.
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.