Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital and
Health System, spoke May 24 at the Leadership Series
breakfast at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Concordia
MEQUON — Peggy
Troy started her career while a Marquette University undergraduate
as a nursing intern at Children’s Hospital.
She has made
several stops along the way — including leading children’s hospitals
in Tennessee and Texas — but has ended up right back where she
started. This time as the first female president and CEO of
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Troy spoke May
24 at Concordia University Wisconsin’s twice-a-year Leadership
Series breakfast. The event was attended by 275.
The mission of
Children’s Hospital runs much deeper than addressing immediate
medical problems, she said. It stretches to families who often are
stressed over a sick child and advancing the field of pediatric
medicine through research.
“Yes, we’re the
fixer-upper shop, but we do it in such a way that we wrap ourselves
around families,” she said. “We’re meeting the medical needs of
families, but also their holistic needs as well.”
Hospital has a reach all over the state and is the only health
system in Wisconsin solely focused on kids, she said.
In addition to
a clinic in Mequon that has been open for nearly three years,
Children’s Hospital has more than 25 primary care locations and more
than 100 primary care pediatricians.
services and more
But their reach
does not end with doctors’ offices and two hospitals — one on the
Medical College of Wisconsin campus in Wauwatosa, the other in
involved with foster care and adoption programs, dental services, an
ambitious school-based program aimed at combating bullying and
mental health services.
“We have kids
who are growing up who don’t have a home environment with the right
stability,” she said. “If we really want kids to flourish, mental
health needs have to be addressed as well.”
Wisconsin has the second-highest teen suicide rate in the nation.
Children’s Hospital has started an active screening program that
involves its primary care physicians who identify children with
needs, she said.
“The access to
services needs to be ramped up mightily,” she said, adding steps are
being taken to embed mental health services in its primary care
She added the
impact of bullying is huge.
working with the schools,” she said. “We’re touching about 90,000
kids a year with an anti-bullying campaign.”
The trend of
health-care consolidation is not necessarily a good thing for an
institution such as the one she leads, she said.
independent, self-governed and need to stay that way,” she said.
Children’s Hospital needs to have a skilled staff to perform many
high-end procedures. Children’s relies on referrals from providers
all over the state for complex cases. If Children’s were to align
with a provider, it’s less likely others would refer patients, she
“It’s in our
best interest to keep partnerships going that you have every
incentive to use us,” she said.