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Children’s hires first-ever vice president of Network Strategy and Development

May 19, 2016

 Catherine M. Burns to begin June 20

Katie_Burns_CHWMILWAUKEE - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin announced today that Catherine (Katie) M. Burns will be joining the organization as vice president of Network Strategy and Development on June 20.

The vice president of Network Strategy and Development is a new position that will develop and direct the current network and payer contracting strategies as they evolve to include the transition to value- and risk-based contracting.

In the role, Burns will lead network strategy, including access analysis and network operations, and support decision-makers with analysis related to reimbursement and unit cost management. She will also oversee the coordination and negotiation for the payer contracting department.

“Katie’s talents and experience will help Children’s continue to provide value to the families served at the hospital and to the organizations who provide their health insurance,” said Bob Duncan, executive vice president of Children’s Hospital and Health System. “She has more than 15 years of network management experience, and she is a strategic leader with broad responsibilities and a focus on developing relationship-centric arrangements with providers in Wisconsin.”

Burns comes to Children’s from UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin, where she holds the position of vice president of Network Management. In this role, she manages a team of 25 Wisconsin contracting and provider relations professionals, and oversees unit cost budget for more than 100 hospitals and 22,000 providers in Wisconsin.

Burns holds a post-baccalaureate bachelor’s in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s 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 2014, Children’s invested more than $102 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at

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