MILWAUKEE (8/14/2012) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin today announced the promotion of Mark Rakowski to vice president of Children's Community Health Plan. In this role, Rakowski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the health plan as well as strategic planning and financial performance.
Rakowski joined Children's Hospital in 1999 as director of Managed Care and Health Reform. He was instrumental in creating Children's Community Health Plan and was named executive director in 2010. Under his leadership the health plan has grown to nearly 50,000 members – children and adults in southeastern Wisconsin – and has new programs to manage and improve outcomes, including immunization rates, blood lead testing, and smoking cessation. In 2010, Rakowski was named a Health Care Hero by Biz Times Milwaukee for the health plan's efforts to improve pre-natal care and birth outcomes.
"Mark has developed a particular expertise in insurance and managed care contracting," said Bob Duncan, executive vice president, Community Services. "He has proven to be an effective and committed leader able to achieve results in a continually evolving environment."
Rakowski received the Children's Hospital President's Award in 2008, a key leader award, for his contribution to the success of the health plan, including its high customer satisfaction rankings and enrollment growth.
Prior to joining Children's Hospital, Rakowski was the managed care operations manager for Aurora Health Care. He also held positions with United Wisconsin Services. He earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master's degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He resides in New Berlin with his wife and two sons.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2010, Children's Hospital invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.