Steve Little has accepted the newly created position of regional chief operating officer (COO) for SSM Health in Wisconsin. He will report to Damond Boatwright, president of operations, SSM Health in Wisconsin and work closely with Chris Sprowl, MD, regional clinical officer and president of SSM Health Dean Medical Group. Little begins May 1.
In his new role, Little will provide focus to SSM hospitals, work on region-wide integration efforts as well as oversee affiliate partnerships. His current role as president/CEO of Agnesian HealthCare will be eliminated. An announcement about hospital administration in the Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun locations will be made later this month.
Little brings more than 25 years of experience in health care management and leadership to SSM Health. He joined Agnesian HealthCare as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2003, became the organization’s executive vice president in 2010 and has served as Agnesian’s president and CEO since 2012. Prior to joining Agnesian HealthCare, Little was chief financial officer for St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Before transitioning into the health care sector, Steve worked in the banking and public accounting industries.
Steve is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, National Exchange Bank and Trust, and the Blue Line Family Ice Center. Little also serves on WHA’s Audit and Investment Committee and Council on Finance. He is the secretary/treasurer of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin and the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond du Lac and the past chairperson of the board of directors for the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce and the Fond du Lac Area YMCA.