EVP & CEO, University of Texas Medical Branch
2022 Speaker

Galveston, Texas

Donna Sollenberger founded The Sollenberger Group in 2020 to assist healthcare leaders and boards with strategic and operational planning, operational assessments and implementation plans to identify and achieve opportunities to deliver high quality services at market competitive costs. As an executive leader of major academic healthcare organizations for over twenty-five years, Sollenberger’s understanding of healthcare’s challenges and what it takes to develop and implement successful strategies to respond to market and competitive forces provide a solid foundation for assisting executive leaders and boards in achieving exceptional results. She actively coaches healthcare leaders and teams.

From 2009 through August 2019, Donna K. Sollenberger served as Executive Vice President and Health System CEO of UTMB Health, where she was responsible for clinical and financial strategy and operations of six hospitals, 90 clinics and 83 correctional managed care clinics and infirmaries, as well as institutional planning, finance and operations.

During her tenure, UTMB Health expanded from one campus with two hospitals and several dozen clinics to four campuses with six hospitals and 173 ambulatory and correctional care clinics throughout Texas. She led planning and occupancy of the UTMB Jennie Sealy Hospital in April of 2015 and the UTMB League City Hospital in June of 2015. Her tenure was marked by significant organizational growth. Sollenberger led collaborations for clinical care, chief among them the collaboration between UTMB Health and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center at the UTMB Health-League City Campus. 

Prior to UTMB Health, Sollenberger served as EVP and CEO of Baylor Clinics and Hospital, President and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, EVP and COO of City of Hope Cancer Center, and Vice President for Hospital and Clinics at MD Anderson Cancer Center. During her career, she planned major hospitals at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Alkek Hospital), the City of Hope Cancer Center (Helford Hospital), the American Family Children’s Hospital at UW Health in Madison, WI, the Baylor Hospital in Houston, and the Jennie Sealy Hospital and the League City Hospital, both at UTMB Health.

Ms. Sollenberger served on the board of America’s Essential Hospitals from 2013-2019 where she also served as the board chair and was a member of the Finance, Nominating, and Policy Advisory Committees. She was a member of Vizient's Data and Analytics Committee and the Vizient Quality and Accountability Committee, as well as various boards and committees of the American Hospital Association and Wisconsin Hospital Association. She continues to serve on the University of Illinois-Chicago Health’s Chancellor’s Advisory Council, the University of California San Diego Health System Chancellor’s Advisory Board, the Oregon Health Sciences University Health System Advisory Board, and is a member of the board of Nordic Consulting.  She is a past member of the University of Illinois Alumni Board, Inacom IT Consulting, and Madison Gas and Electric Company (traded as MGEE).

During her career, she received many awards and recognitions, chief among them the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award (2005) and Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare (2007). She was the 2016 commencement speaker at the University of Illinois – Springfield.

Sollenberger earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois-Springfield.