Today HSHS announced the appointment of Dr. Kenneth M. Johnson as HSHS Vice President and Chief Physician Executive.  Dr. Johnson currently serves as Chief Physician Executive for HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division (EWD).  He succeeds Dr. David Carlson, who resigned in April to take a new position in Tacoma, WA.  Ken will begin serving in his new role on July 10.
Ken has served with HSHS as a physician leader in EWD since 1999.  He began his career as the Medical Director for Emergency Services at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and assumed greater leadership responsibilities during the past two decades.  He was appointed to his current role in 2012 and has successfully led multiple quality initiatives that reduced patient mortality and acquired infections, while increasing patient and physician satisfaction.  Dr. Johnson has been instrumental in enhancing care coordination with Prevea physicians and has been actively engaged in fostering greater medical staff involvement and leadership in the EWD. 
In his new role, Ken will lead System initiatives around quality, patient safety, and clinical integration.  He will have executive oversight of the HSHS Quality department, HSHS Medical Group, and physician integration enterprises.   
Ken received his Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University A&M; his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Medical School; and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois – Chicago, where he also completed his residency.  Prior to joining HSHS, Ken served as an Emergency Room physician at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, WI; and at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL. 

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