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Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Joe Gilene is a highly experienced hospital system president/CEO with a demonstrated history of building strong integrated systems, achieving excellent operational and financial results, and developing outstanding leaders in his organizations.

He currently is working with Marshfield Clinic, one of the country’s largest physician organization, in the integration of hospitals into their health system and as an interim CEO of one of their newly acquired hospitals. Prior to this role, he was Market President of CHI, one of the nation’s largest health systems, in Kentucky where he led a five-hospital market with revenues of $1.4 million and seven thousand employees. Mr. Gilene also was President of one of their large hospitals in another market before his promotion to Market President. He held other President/Administrator and Chief Operating Officer positions in large highly respected academic health systems namely Carolinas Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In these roles, he successfully achieved significantly improved results in quality, patient experience and finance, which brought recognition from prestigious ranking organizations.

Joe holds a Master’s Degree in management and business administration and also a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting/finance from the University of Cincinnati and is a certified public accountant.

He is actively involved in several professional and community organizations. Joe has served on a number of boards including board chair of a rehabilitation hospital, board officer of a community board and numerous board memberships on foundations and professional organizations.  He has been a member of state hospital associations and the Chamber of Commerce.  A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he was on the region’s ACHE Advisory Council. He has been a board member of a joint venture with three hospitals and an advisory board member of a hospice care program. He is a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and former president of his local chapter. He has served in the past as an advisory board member of the blood center, district chairman of the Boy Scouts of America in his region and as a member of the Kiwanis.

Beaver Dam Community Hospital chief talent officer Mel Bruins

Mel Bruins

Chief Talent Officer

Melanie (Mel) Bruins joined Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. in February of 2014. She has worked as a human resources professional in Southeastern Wisconsin in a variety of different industry settings including Oshkosh Corporation and Mercury Marine. 

Working in health care was a career-long aspiration which Mel has fulfilled as Chief Talent Officer of BDCH. She is a Certified Sherpa Executive Coach, Certified 360 Facilitator through the Center for Creative Leadership and is a Just Culture Certified Champion.

Mel received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., and her MBA from UW-Oshkosh. She serves as the District Director for the Wisconsin Society for Human Resources Management and as a Board Member for the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. 

Mel and her husband Scott enjoy spending time with their extended families, playing golf and keeping up with Wisconsin’s college and professional sports teams. 

Beaver Dam Community Hospital Chief Medical Officer Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jason Smith joined Beaver Dam Community Hospitals in July 2016. His responsibilities include physician relations, the BDCH Medical Clinics’ primary and specialty clinics, quality, contracted physician services and case management. 

Prior to joining BDCH, Dr. Smith was the Medical Director at Mitchell Convalescent Center and Chief of Medical Staff at Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla, Ga.

Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia in 1999.  He is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and has a Master of Business Administration degree.