Mr. Witz is Director Emeritus of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) at Purdue University after serving as director for ten years. His research deals with issues inherent in population health modeling and continuity of care during patient transitions. Under his leadership, RCHE developed and operates an infusion pump informatics system to improve care for patients receiving infused medication therapy. This system supports medication management in over 135 hospitals and is the foundation for the RCHE Patient Safety Organization, which has been designated by the Department of HHS. During his ten years of service as a director, the center grew to $70 million in cumulative research funding. Steve was recognized with the St. Vincent Chair of Healthcare Engineering from the Purdue Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining Purdue, Steve was a hospital and health systems administrator. He was the President and CEO of St. Patrick Hospital and Health Science Center in Missoula, Montana where he oversaw two hospitals and their subsidiaries. Before this, Mr. Witz was a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. While at UW Health, Steve participated extensively in the administration of a managed care strategy. Among his accomplishments was administrative support for the evaluation and implementation of emerging pharmaceutical technologies, which improved the cost-effectiveness of medication therapy and patient safety. Steve also served as an administrator at the University Of Utah Hospital.
Steve completed his academic training at the University of Minnesota earning a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Hospital and Healthcare Administration and a Masters degree (MPH) in Public Health. He completed a doctoral fellowship in academic medical center administration and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
Mr. Witz is actively engaged in organizations providing leadership in charting the future for health care delivery. He has been an invited participant in national workshops to improve healthcare delivery by organizations such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and National Science Foundation (NSF). He has been a Senior Fellow in the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) since 2012.
Steve and wife Barb reside in Lafayette, Indiana. They enjoy skiing and sailing, as well as family activities with their two children and three grandchildren.