MILWAUKEE (9/6/2011) - Cindy Christensen, JD, RN, has been promoted to president of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and executive vice president of Children's Hospital and Health System. She will retain her title of chief operating officer of the hospital.
For more than 10 years, Christensen has served as executive vice president and COO of the hospital. In the last year, she received additional responsibility to lead all inpatient and pediatric specialty outpatient clinical services. She oversees the hospitals in Milwaukee and Neenah and the specialty clinics in Milwaukee, the Fox Valley, Green Bay and northern Illinois.
"I am confident that as president, Cindy will continue her strong and passionate leadership for long-range planning and day-to-day operations to achieve Children's vision and strategies," said Peggy Troy, MSN, RN, president and CEO of the health system. "Cindy and her team will continue to develop new and innovative clinical strategies aimed at optimizing Children's growth, quality of care and service excellence."
As executive vice president of the health system, Christensen will lead all research operations, including Children's Research Institute. She will have operational responsibility to align safety and quality improvement activities systemwide in all clinical programs.
From 1981 to 1986, Christensen was a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department of the hospital when it was located at 18th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Before rejoining Children's in 1990 as the health system's first general counsel, she was an attorney with Otjen, Van Ert and Weir, SC, Milwaukee.
Currently, Christensen serves as chairwoman of the Wisconsin March of Dimes Board of Directors and as a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.
Christensen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She and her husband, Todd Weir, live in Oconomowoc, Wis. and have five children.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons.
The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2009, the health system invested more than $76 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.