Patricia Schroeder, dean of Alverno College’s nursing school who touts a “passion for improving care,” has been named director of Milwaukee County’s embattled Behavioral Health Division.
County Executive Chris Abele announced the appointment Wednesday, saying Schroeder was selected after a nine-month nationwide search. She will begin on an interim basis in June.
Her appointment must be confirmed by the county’s new Mental Health Board, which will be seated by Gov. Walker early next month.
As noted by the Journal Sentinel, prior to her time at Alverno, Schroeder served as executive vice president in the ProHealth Care System and senior vice president of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. In addition, she has published six books on health care quality improvement.
While I don’t know Patricia Schroeder personally, I know she has an excellent reputation from her time at Alverno, and with her mix of academic and real world experience, I think she’ll do well as the next director of Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Division.