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Kathleen M. Olewinski, MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE, PhD (ABD)

Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Health Care Administration Studies, Educational Coordinator

Education

Ph D Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service Cardinal Stritch University 2020
MS Health Services Administration Cardinal Stritch (College) University 1989
BS Medical Record Administration University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1986

Interests & Expertise

Kathleen Olewinski attained national board certification as a healthcare executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in 1998, and advanced to her current credential as Fellow in 2008.

She is also a licensed nursing home administrator (NHA) and Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and former hospital administrator with more than 30 years of executive leadership and management experience in traditional and nontraditional health care settings and academia.

As a speaker at national and state conferences, topics presented have included professional mentorship, confidentiality and legal issues in mental health and substance abuse, as well as consultation related to accreditation and compliance.

Current research focuses on the impact of professional association involvement and mentoring on early career success.

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Service Award (2020) American College of Healthcare Executives.
National Higher Education Network Award (2020) American College of Healthcare Executives.
Member of the Year Award (2020, May) Healthcare Financial Management Association.
National Founders Bronze Merit Award (2019) Healthcare Financial Management Association.
(2019, May 16) UWM Sponsor of the Year Award.
Faculty Advisor of the Year Award Nominee (2019, April) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Higher Education Network Award (2019, March 6) American College of Healthcare Executives.
Ambassador Award (2018, May) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin.
Honorary Award (2018, May 19) Future Healthcare Executives.
President’s Award (2018, May 17) Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Higher Education Network Award (2018, March 28) American College of Healthcare Executives.
Service Award (2016) American College of Healthcare Executives.
Professional Achievement Award (2015) Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants.
Advisor of the Year Award (2014) Center for Student Involvement, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service (2014) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Member, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
  • Member, Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Member, Southeastern Wisconsin Health Care Recruiters (SEWHCR) [Educational Member]
  • Member, Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA)

Professional Service

  • Chair/Co-Chair, Leadership Development Program, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, since 2016
  • Chair/Co-Chair, Mentorship Committee, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Wisconsin Chapter, since 2016
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Healthcare Management, Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, 2017-2020
  • Chair/Vice Chair, Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference Planning Committee, 2018-2019
  • Chair, Social Medial Strategic Initiative, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, 2018
  • Bylaws Task Force, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, 2015
  • 2015 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), 2014-2015
  • Program Planning Committee, Women in Healthcare, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Wisconsin Chapter, since 2014
  • Regents Advisory Council, American College of Healthcare Executives, since 2014
  • Board of Directors, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, since 2013
  • Program Committee, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, since 2013
  • Membership Committee, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Wisconsin Chapter, since 2009
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI), since 2009
  • Institutional Representative, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL), since 2009

Current & Previous Activities

  • Course and Programs Committee, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • Scholarship Committee Chair, UWM Department of Health Informatics and Administration
  • 40th Anniversary Planning Committee, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • Steering Committee, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) Task Force, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • UWM Geek Week Planning Committee
  • MHA Program Development and Implementation Planning Team, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • UWM Biomedical Informatics/Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
  • Annual Leadership Healthcare Forum Planning Committee, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • Black and Gold Committee, UWM College of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Future Healthcare Executives (FHE)
  • Faculty Advisor and Member, Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society
  • Faculty Advisor and Honorary Member, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization
  • Community Engaged Scholars Network (CESN), UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR)
  • UWM Center on Age and Community Summer Institute Planning Committee
  • Secretary/Treasurer, UWM Alumni Association Emeritus Board of Trustees
  • Board Member, UWM College of Health Sciences Alumni Association
  • President, UWM College of Health Sciences Alumni Association
  • President, School of Allied Health Professions Alumni Association
  • Board Member, Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
  • Co-Chair, Nominations and Awards Committee, Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
  • 25th Reunion Planning Committee Member, Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association
  • National Medical Assisting Advisory Board
  • National Continuing Education Board, American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Co-Chair, National Leaders in Education and Practice (LEAP) Task Force
  • State President, State Conference Planning Committee Chair, and Strategic Planning Committee Chair, Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants
  • President and Bylaws Committee Chair, Greater Milwaukee Medical Assistants
  • President, Health Information Management Association of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • State Legislative Committee, Statewide Legal Resource Team, Finance Committee, and Fall Workshop Planning Committee, Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA)
  • Medicaid Managed Care Statewide Advisory Group
  • Milwaukee County Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Medicaid Managed Care Group
  • Medicaid HMO Expansion Quality Assurance Utilization Review Work Group
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Detoxification and Inpatient Focus Group
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association Behavioral Health Group, and Certification and Standards Work Group
  • Hospital Council of Greater Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee County AODA Public Policy Network, and Substance Abuse Services Network

Courses Taught

  • Health Care Administration Internship
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Health Information Professional Practice
  • Healthcare Quality Management
  • Healthcare Process Measurement
  • Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations
  • Gerontology for Health Care Administrators
  • Language of Medicine
  • Health Documentation