Department welcomes new Division Administrator

Jayme Lopuch, LICSW, MHA, recently joined the department as Division Administrator for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division and is working most closely with Division Director Katie Cullen, MD. Lopuch is excited about being part of a large healthcare system. “I appreciate the many patient and community resources and services that come with large organizations, and I enjoy improving efficiency and removing barriers on a large scale where you can have the greatest impact,” she said.

Jayme LopuchBefore coming to the U, Lopuch (pictured here) was Director of Patient Services for the State of Minnesota’s Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. She also held clinical and/or operational roles at organizations such as Park Nicollet Melrose Center for Eating Disorders, Hennepin County Medical Center, Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY.

“I’ve been in healthcare for more than 15 years, in both clinical and operational leadership,” Lopuch said. “I try to always view my work through a social work lens, which is patient-centered, and systems focused.”

She completed her Executive Master of Healthcare Administration at the U of M, her Master of Social Work at New York University, and her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Kansas. In her new role, Lopuch hopes to work on quality and process improvement and help increase practice efficiency. As she navigates the complexities of University of Minnesota Physicians, the University, and M Health Fairview, Lopuch recognizes there will be many opportunities for process management work in the complex, dynamic system. “There is also more room for innovation, quality improvement, research, and integrating best practices,” she said.

In the short time she’s been with the department, Lopuch is already impressed. “The expertise of the faculty and leadership is outstanding,” she said. “I am hearing time and time again a focus on patient-centeredness, increasing access to care, ways to enrich diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how to best support faculty in the work that they do.” 

At home, Lopuch and her husband spend most of their time with their two young kids, Hunter (6) and Quinn (1), and their extended family.  She also loves to cook, read, and travel. 

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