Franciscan's Cliff Robertson accepts health system position in Nebraska

Staff writerDecember 17, 2013 

After 18 years with the Franciscan Health Network, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Robertson has accepted the position of senior vice president and market chief executive officer for the Catholic Health Initiatives Nebraska Network. 

According to a Franciscan release Tuesday, Robertson joined the Tacoma-based health system in 1995 and in 1999 became the chief medical officer and president of Franciscan Medical Group. In 2009, he was promoted to the position of COO for Franciscan Health System overseeing Franciscan’s network of hospitals in King and Pierce counties. He also supervised its telehealth services, customer service excellence program and its Operational Excellence department.

He recently spearheaded the development of Franciscan’s virtual urgent care program that offers medical consultations with physicians over the phone or online for $35. 

The Nebraska Network is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based health care provider in Nebraska and southwest Iowa with 11 acute care hospitals, a specialty spine hospital, freestanding inpatient psychiatric and skilled nursing facilities and more than 100 clinics. It has 2,531 licensed beds, including an academic medical center that serves as the primary teaching partner for Creighton University, a large physician clinic network and more than 16,000 employees.

 “Cliff has been a tremendous asset to Franciscan since joining our organization in 1995,” said Joseph Wilczek, Franciscan CEO.  “His appointment to lead the Nebraska system is a testament to his accomplishments and service at Franciscan.”

 Michael T. Rowan, CHI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, “As a physician executive, Cliff has diverse management and business experience and a clear grasp of the opportunities and challenges ahead. He is deeply committed to the purpose of this network, which is to serve individuals and communities in Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas to improve health in the region through an emphasis on education, healing, research and wellness.” 

Dr. Robertson has been serving as the interim CEO of St. Luke’s Health System in Houston, Texas since October.  Franciscan, St. Luke’s and the Nebraska Network are all affiliates of CHI. 

Cliff Robertson’s new role becomes effective February, 2014. Franciscan spokesman Scott Thompson said Tuesday, “We will be evaluating our direction in replacing the position."



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