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O’Keefe to retire from Mile Bluff December 1

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James O'Keefe

“When I joined the Mile Bluff Medical Center team in 2005, I knew I was a part of something special” shared James O’Keefe, President/CEO. “The organization has since exceeded every expectation I had when I first moved to Mauston; and I’m blessed that this is where I get to retire from.”

After 16 years at Mile Bluff, and more than 35 years in healthcare administration, O’Keefe will retire December 1. During his time in Mauston, he helped integrate an independent medical practice and two retail pharmacies into the broader healthcare system. He brought hospitalist and midwife programs to the community. He built strong orthopedics and sleep medicine service lines to expand the scope of specialty care available to area residents. He established a foundation to raise funds to support the future of local healthcare. And despite the challenges of a global pandemic, under his leadership the past year, the organization purchased a new facility to expand outpatient rehabilitation and audiology services, and added the option of water birth to its birthing center services.

“I love all things Mile Bluff, and I have truly enjoyed every minute of my time here” stated O’Keefe. “I am grateful for the incredible colleagues I have worked with over the years; and know that I am leaving a place I’ll be able to continue to receive high-quality healthcare for the rest of my life.”

Doctor Dan Kattenbraker, Chair of Mile Bluff’s Board of Director’s stated: “Mile Bluff has a long-standing tradition of progressive, forward-thinking healthcare; and Jim has kept that legacy alive.” The doctor continued, “Jim has brought Mile Bluff to a place of financial stability, which sets us up for continued growth and the ability to serve area residents well into the future.”

As his retirement approaches, O’Keefe is confident that the community is in good hands with Mile Bluff’s new executive team. “The transition will be seamless as the torch is passed to the next generation of leaders.”

O’Keefe plans to remain in the community, and will assist with the transition of his successor. His retirement plans include traveling with his wife, Elaine, to visit their children and grandchildren across the country.

While his career at Mile Bluff lasted a total of 16 years, the impact O’Keefe has had on improving the region’s access to high-quality health care will continue for generations to come.