• Full name
    John Rohrer

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  • Please list your University and school/program.
    La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Please enter the degree awarded by your school.
    MA in Public Policy and Administration
  • Current Position
    Current Position:
    Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer
  • Organization
    William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Bio

    Thanks to John Rohrer and an integrated team of health care professionals, veterans in rural Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are able to access medical services without having to drive hundreds of miles to a Veterans Affairs medical center.

    The 1987 La Follette grad and Veterans Affairs administrator wrote the grant and led the project implementation team on a $6 million expansion of "telehealth" specialty clinic services delivered to rural veterans in mid and northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Clinical Video Telehealth enables VA clinicians, typically based at VA medical centers, to provide care using real-time video technologies to veteran patients who receive their health care from VA outpatient clinics in their local communities.

    "Over the past three years, we have added tele-infectious disease, tele-cardiology, tele-rheumatology, tele-audiology, tele-pulmonary and tele-nutritional services to the tele-mental health services we have been providing for many years," says Rohrer, who was promoted in 2012 to associate director/chief operating officer of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison.

    In that position, Rohrer oversees all administrative, financial and environmental aspects of the hospital, a 134-bed facility with more than 1,800 employees, five community-based outpatient clinics, one annex clinic, a robust research program and a budget of $250 million. Rohrer supervises senior managers in human resources, patient administration, engineering, environmental management, nutrition and food service, safety and occupational health, police and security, community relations and logistics.

    "The base knowledge provided by my public affairs classes proved very helpful," he says. "In particular, my personnel classes and my budget classes gave me a glimpse of what to expect on the job. The La Follette School's great professors and bright students, plus an exciting campus, make La Follette a great place to build a foundation for a career in public service."

    Read more: http://www.lafollette.wisc.edu/news/rohrer