Lambrecht and her daughter, Keyanna, with Balinese dancers after a performance in 2009.
Since joining UTMB in 2010, Katrina Lambrecht has overseen a host of mission critical initiatives, including the university’s involvement in the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program (1115 Waiver) and the integration of the Angleton Danbury Campus with UTMB. In addition to her role as vice president of Institutional Strategic Initiatives, Lambrecht was named vice president and administrator of the Angleton Danbury Campus in January.
Lambrecht’s past experience includes leadership positions at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
What does the Road Ahead look like for you?
The Road Ahead for me is about utilizing my talents and abilities in a way that has the greatest impact on our institutional vision. That includes continuing to grow not only our services, but the UTMB Health brand in the Brazoria County service area to assure that we become the provider of choice for the community.
It also means continuing our leadership role in the Medicaid 1115 Waiver on a regional and state level, working to extend the waiver for another three to five years. We want to continue the great work we have begun to increase access to care and expand innovative care delivery models in the state with our delivery system reform (DSRIP) projects.
Whether it’s working with staff on our multi-share plan, the waiver, or the Angleton Danbury Campus, my goal as a leader is to assure that people have the resources they need to do their job and feel empowered to make decisions in the best interest of our patients. If we can create that environment for our employees and physicians, then the patient experience that we provide will always be second to none.
I believe that the Road Ahead for UTMB is one of growth in all mission areas and the impact of our work can be seen not only statewide, but nationally. This makes it a very exciting time to be at UTMB.
You oversaw the integration of the Angleton Danbury Campus with UTMB. What are your hopes for continuing to grow ADC?
We have experienced a tremendous amount of growth and change at the Angleton Danbury Campus. The staff, volunteers and physicians have been nothing short of amazing in their unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care throughout the journey of integrating our two organizations.
Growth in the market has included the welcoming of several community physicians into the UTMB family. In addition, we have recruited new providers or extended existing UTMB providers to the market in primary care, OB-GYN, general surgery, cardiology,endocrinology and sleep medicine. We continue to seek providers to fill additional specialty care needs identified in the southern Brazoria County market. As we grow our services, we envision a robust community hospital and clinics that serve patients’ primary, specialty and acute care needs in their own neighborhood.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to read and spend time outdoors and with friends and family. I also love to travel and occasionally get the opportunity to explore new cities, find my own “local” coffee shop wherever I am, visit museums and soak in local events. I live in Houston and my favorite place in the city for along walk is Hermann Park, which recently had significant renovations that added beautiful new facilities and walking paths.
What was your first job?
I grew up on a family-run dairy farm, so I was working from a very early age, mostly feeding animals every day. However, my first paid job was at a local food canning factory. I worked quality control on third shift. This meant that every hour, I pulled a can of vegetables off the production line and ran a variety of tests, such as taking measurements of the can to assure it met all required specifications, assuring that the cans were sealing and, of course, tasting the vegetables to make sure the product itself met the quality standards. Since there were always multiple production lines running around the factory, I was busy tasting the vegetables all night.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I enjoy creative arts and making things with my hands. I’m consistently surprised by how many of my friends can’t mend or put a simple hem in their own clothes. My mom was an extremely talented woman who could do anything from sewing a riding habit for horseback riding, to knitting sweaters, to making quilts. I’d like to think some of her creativity and artistic talent was passed along to me. I don’t always have a lot of time to work on projects, but I recently made a baby quilt for a good friend.
If you could travel anywhere in the world,where would it be and why?
The list of places I want to travel to is very long, so I’ll focus on a place I would love to return to: Bali, Indonesia. It’s wonderful for all the obvious reasons, like great weather and beautiful beaches, but what I really loved about Bali is that, while it’s a very popular tourist destination, the island still retains so much of its rich culture and customs. The island itself is beautiful, with mountains, an active volcano, lush rice terraces and beautiful beaches. But even more enchanting is that you can watch traditional Balinese dance performances, watch textile artists make batik fabrics, eat delicious local food and visit small temples nearly everywhere you go, most with small offerings of food or flowers outside. Part of what made my visit to Bali so rich was that I had one of my best friends that served as my tour guide and interpreter. I find that traveling anywhere with someone from that country makes every travel experience more enriching.