Downs to Lead ThedaCare Spine, Orthopedic Lines

April 11, 2012 

Mary Downs

Former ThedaCare Behavioral Health Director Takes on New Role

Mary Downs is the new system vice president for ThedaCare’s Spine and Orthopedic business lines.

Downs spent the past three years as executive director of ThedaCare Behavioral Health. During that time, Downs helped double the number of psychiatric providers, led the expansion of the inpatient behavioral health unit at Theda Clark Medical Center, and was integral in bringing together ThedaCare, Affinity and Children’s Hospital in the creation of Catalpa Health pediatric behavioral health.

In her new role, Downs will provide strategic and customer-focused leadership of the spine and orthopedic business lines. She will also oversee operations of ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus.

Before joining ThedaCare, Downs worked at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for 22 years in a variety of roles. She earned her bachelor’s degree in managerial accounting from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has dual master’s degrees in counseling and educational leadership from UW-Oshkosh.

“Mary is a relationship-builder with a focus on customer service, which includes a passion for community outreach,” said Gregory Long, MD, ThedaCare’s chief medical officer. “Mary’s experience and wisdom
allow her to engage physicians in moving toward a common strategic goal to deliver value-based healthcare, including the highest quality at the best possible cost.”

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.