Ascension Wisconsin names regional presidents

Ascension has appointed two regional presidents to oversee its Wisconsin operations.

Travis Anderson.
Travis Andersen.

Travis Andersen and Debra Standridge will lead its southern and northern regions, respectively, the health care system announced Monday.

Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Standridge has been president of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s north market since 2008.

The announcement provides more clarity to the organizational structure of the new health care system, which began to take shape this spring.

Debra Standridge.
Debra Standridge.

In May, it was leaked that Wheaton Franciscan will lose six senior vice presidents and 10 vice presidents in the coming months as the health systems integrate.

The six senior vice presidents are Wheaton’s Dr. Rita Hanson, chief medical officer; Greg Smith, chief information officer; Dr. Brenda Bowers, chief nursing officer; James Gresham, senior vice president of continuing care and clinical operations; Michael Lepore, senior vice president and chief administrative officer; and Wayne Frangesch, senior vice president of human resources.

The 10 vice presidents who will leave have not been named.

Ascension Wisconsin’s south region includes the Columbia St. Mary’s system, the Wheaton Franciscan system and Affinity Health System in the Fox Valley. The north region includes the central and northern regions of Ministry Health Care.

Wheaton and its eight Wisconsin hospitals officially became part of Ascension on March 1. The combined health care organization now operates 27 hospitals and 114 primary care clinics in Wisconsin and is expected to generate nearly $3.5 billion in revenue annually.

A BizTimes Cover story published in December examined several aspects of the merger.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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