Cathy Jacobson serves as president and CEO of Froedtert Health, a regional health care system based in Milwaukee, Wis. Froedtert Health includes an academic medical center, two community hospitals, a community-based medical group and several related joint ventures. The system’s flagship hospital, Froedtert Hospital, is the primary adult teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Together, Froedtert and the Medical College form eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center.
Jacobson joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as executive vice president of finance and strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She was promoted in 2011, becoming president and added responsibility for all operations of the health system. In 2012, she assumed her current role.
Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in various leadership roles, including chief financial officer and chief compliance officer for the health system. She was appointed chief financial officer and treasurer of the health system in 2002 and served as senior vice president of strategic planning and finance, chief financial officer and treasurer until 2010.
Jacobson has served as the voluntary national chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). A member of HFMA since 1989, her involvement includes serving on the national board of directors as well as the Principles and Practices Board. She is currently serving on the American Hospital Association’s Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council.
She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Institute and Healthcare Executives Study Society. She is also a member of the Chicago Network, an organization for women executives, and TEMPO and Professional Dimensions, two Milwaukee-based women’s leadership organizations.
Jacobson is a Fellow of HFMA and a certified public accountant. She and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.