Kate DeBaene

Kate, Forward Health Group’s Senior Vice President, Client Delivery & Development, is an energetic health care executive with 12 years experience in strategy, coordination, and support of complex multimillion-dollar healthcare IT software implementations, primarily gained during her 8 years with Epic Systems Corporation. She specializes in health plan, delegated risk, and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) integrated delivery systems, and has a strong understanding of population health integration and government programs.

Kate has spent the last 4 years at WPS Health Solutions where she focused on health insurance operational process, product, and DHA and VA contract implementations, most notably leading the team to deliver the largest TRICARE program transition for claims processing in the history of military medicine. Prior to her role as the Vice President of Technology and System Optimization, Kate served as the Director of the Project and Portfolio Management Office where she built out the organizational discipline of project management from the ground up, including hiring a team and creating processes and tools focused on the successful, efficient, and reliable delivery of on time and on budget projects.

Throughout Kate’s career, she has been responsible for concurrent software implementations including the management of risk, scope, budget, timelines, and staff. She has experience in leading diverse teams to exceptional results and developing and executing IT operational strategies to achieve results that exceed target metrics and outcomes. Kate has been responsible for proposal writing and vendor management to ensure customer needs align to delivery priorities and timelines. She is highly skilled in relationship building, creative problem solving, needs assessment, strategic planning, communication, and influencing change initiatives.

When Kate isn’t chasing her dreams to improve health care, she and her husband are chasing their growing family around their backyard in Madison.