He called it the right opportunity at the right time.
Tom Borowski, the newest site administrator for Mayo Clinic-Waseca in March, intends to keep the position for the rest of his career.
Though the hospital’s interim administrator in 2010, he didn’t then consider applying for the position on a full-time basis. But when former administrator Jeff Carlson resigned last September, Borowski jumped at the opportunity.
“This is my dream job,” Borowski said. “I have a passion for health care and I’ve had a broad scope of responsibilities [with other positions within Mayo] that have prepared me for this.”
When Borowski was the interim administrator in 2010, he said the former administrator, Mike Milbrath, took him under his wing.
“That’s when I fell in love with this job,” he said.
Although Borowski now lives in Mankato, he’s a small town guy at heart, having grown up in Marshfield, Wisconsin, with a population of about 18,000.
His route to the health care field, although he now finds his bliss there, wasn’t straightforward.
He earned a finance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and worked in the information technology field for years before deciding to become a doctor.
He studied pre-med at the University of Minnesota, but said that divine intervention took him off that path before he went to med school. Around 2005, he started working for Mayo where he’s worn many hats, including chief information officer, chief knowledge management officer and the chief integrity and compliance officer.
“Those responsibilities showed me the complexity of health care, how complex and challenging it all is,” he said. “I enjoy working with the physicians and staff, the community and I feel like I have a knack for the business side of things too,” he said.
Daniel Stahl, a MCHS-Waseca physician, who’s worked with Borowski for four or five years, said Borowski definitely has what it takes to be a successful administrator.
“He’s got the right training, the right experience for the position, great resources to utilize, and great support team behind him because you don’t do that job alone,” said Stahl. “And he’s got the right personality. He’s calm and patient so that when things happen that can be frustrating, he calmly looks at the situation.”
Borowski said his goal is to make sure the clinic meets the needs of its patients and the surrounding community.
“I want to focus on the patient experience, employee satisfaction and community engagement,” he said. “We are here for the community because of the community in order to serve the community.”
He said all decisions he is a part of are made with the patients in mind.
“I love the variety of this job and putting the pieces together to help the community,” he said. “I love being the go-to guy.”