Ministry names new vice president

Vanessa L. Freitag, PharmD, RPh, has been named vice president, clinical services for the Ministry Health Care Western Region which includes Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital (MSJH) in Marshfield and Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital (MOLV) in Stanley. In this new position she will be jointly accountable for the overall senior leadership at MOLVH and for a number of clinical services within Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. She will start her new position on June 1.

Freitag is currently the director of pharmacy for Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, a position she has held since 2007. In addition to her pharmacy responsibilities, she has been active in a leadership role with Ministry Health Care, and currently serves on a number of committees, including the Ministry Health Care Quality Council and the Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Coordinating Council. On the state level, she is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Hospital Advisory Board.

Brian Kief, Western Region CEO, says, “Since joining Ministry and Saint Joseph’s seven years ago, Vanessa has exhibited broad based leadership skills in a variety of capacities. She is an engaging leader, who reaches out to all stakeholders to create success. She maintains high standards and expectations while also having a caring approach that ensures team understanding and participation.”

Vanessa adds, “I believe in the values and am committed to Ministry Health Care and the Catholic Health Care model of service. I see this new opportunity as a way to continue to grow and contribute to the Mission of our organization, supporting access to strong rural health care. I have gotten to know leaders at Ministry Our Lady of Victory through my work in the pharmacy integration between the two organizations and am very excited about this leadership opportunity and working with this team.”

Freitag earned her doctor of pharmacy and bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis.

She will replace current hospital president, Cynthia Eichman, who is retiring at the end of June. Eichman joined MOLVH in 1995 as a part of the hospital’s affiliation with Ministry Health Care.

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