About the Preceptors and Program Sponsor Administrative Fellowship


Donna Sollenberger

Donna K. Sollenberger, Executive Vice President and CEO, UTMB Health System

Donna K. Sollenberger serves as the preceptor for the UTMB Administrative Fellow. She is a nationally recognized leader in health care administration, and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the UTMB Health System. Over her career, Donna has been the preceptor of over 15 administrative fellows. She takes pride in fellows and their accomplishments, and continues a strong mentorship relationship throughout her fellows' careers.

Sollenberger oversees the health system’s clinical activities, including two hospitals and more than 70 clinics on Galveston Island and on the mainland. Under Sollenberger’s leadership, the UTMB Health System achieved many awards including AACN Magnet status for Nursing, the AACN Gold-level Beacon Award for SICU nursing, and the THA Bill Aston Award for Quality for early recognition and intervention for sepsis.

Sollenberger is from Springfield, Illinois and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Prior to joining UTMB Health in September of 2009, Sollenberger was Executive Vice President and CEO of the Baylor Clinic and Hospital from October 2007 until September 2009. From 1999-2007, Sollenberger served as president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC). She has also served as Executive Vice President and COO of City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles, Vice President for Hospital and Clinics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Chief Administrative Officer of Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Ms. Sollenberger currently serves on the University Healthcare Consortium’s Performance Improvement Committee. She served on the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council, the AHA Nominating Committee, the AHA Committee on Performance Improvement, and the Board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Alumni Association and served on the Board of Directors of Madison Gas and Electric Energy (MGEE), a publicly traded energy company.


Deb McGrew

Deborah McGrew, MHA, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Most recently, Ms. McGrew was the Associate Vice President, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (UAB), a 1,146-bed quaternary care academic medical center with total operating revenue of $1.2 billion and annual discharges of 50,000 patients. At UAB, Ms. McGrew was responsible for leadership of the Center for Psychiatric Medicine, a 120-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital; the Comprehensive Transplant Center, one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the world; operation of the UAB hospital-based clinics; Critical Care Transport which provides both air and ground transportation; Laboratory Services which performs over two million tests annually at two hospitals and multiple outpatient sites; Respiratory Services; Infusion Services; the Palliative Care and Geriatric Service Line; and the Hospital Health Club. She arrived at UAB in 2005 and held progressively responsible positions within the organization.

Prior to her work at UAB, Ms. McGrew was Administrative Director of Transplant Services at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) from 2003-2005. Ms. McGrew completed her BA in Biology at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, graduating cum laude. She received her MHA in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating with high honors. She completed her administrative fellowship at the City of Hope National Medicine Center, a comprehensive cancer center and research institute located in the greater Los Angeles area.

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Momentum, a Women's Leadership Development Program in Alabama. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, appointed by the Governor in 2012; a Board Member of One Roof, an organization that serves the homeless; the Birmingham Literacy Council; and served as Board Member and Chair of the Program Committee for the Alabama Kidney Foundation from 2006-2010.


Emily Blomberg

Emily Blomberg, Associate Vice President, Health System Operations

Emily Blomberg serves as the program sponsor for the UTMB Administrative Fellow. She brings insight into achieving a successful fellowship under the mentorship of Donna Sollenberger both as a past fellow and as a program sponsor.

Prior to joining UTMB, Emily was Director of Business Development for the Department of Surgery at UW Health, the clinical component of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In that capacity, Emily developed budgets and marketing plans for strategic areas and worked collaboratively with other departments to provide integrated clinical services to advance UW Health's mission. Prior to that, she served as Senior Management Analyst at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In this role, she worked under the direction of the CEO and the Director of Operations to provide administrative support for all operational and management activities for the Baylor Clinic and Hospital building project. From 2004 to 2006, she was an administrative fellow for Donna Sollenberger at UW Health.

Emily received her BS degree in Business from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her MHA degree from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.