Chef Tom Purdy and Travis Andersen, President of St. Elizabeth Hospital will compete in the entrée category. Travis is pulling together a “team” of fellow Green Egg enthusiasts. You might be surprised to discover that he, some of the Staff and several Drs within Affinity are expert “smokers and barbequers!” This is one way he relaxes after running a hospital that is evolving/changing/growing at light speed! He is very involved in the community and is looking forward to this challenge! So are we!

Tom Purdy is President of Big Ten Ribs, Inc. and Managing Member of Team RNB. Tom runs 12 Famous Dave’s restaurants that have won over 600 BBQ awards nationally! Tom has been in the restaurant business for 30 years. Tom is also Managing Partner in Apple Hill Farms Development, LLP and Managing Member of Green Power Technology Solutions, LLC. Tom is a lifelong Appletonian, happily married to his wife Brenda with three great boys. Tom has served and continues to serve the Valley on numerous boards. Let’s have fun and help people stay in their hoes!

Travis became the 18th president of St. Elizabeth Hospital in October 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the 352-bed facility. St. Elizabeth is Appleton’s first hospital established in 1899 and provides total health care to Appleton and the Fox Cities, including emergency/trauma care, surgical services, cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, intensive care, obstetrics and pediatrics. Under Andersen’s leadership, St. Elizabeth Hospital has added a new BirthPlace Postpartum Unit, Emergency Department, Heart, Lung & Vascular Center, Outpatient Surgery Center, and Cancer Center. In addition, St. Elizabeth Hospital continues to be an integral part of Affinity Health System, which has been named one of the top 64 health systems in the nation four years in a row, according to Thomson Reuters. Travis joined Affinity Health System in 2001 as director of business development. In this role, he developed relationships with UW Health in Madison to bring specialized pediatric and cancer care to St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. In 2005, he was named president of Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, a 25-bed critical access hospital. During his two-year tenure at Calumet Medical Center, Andersen oversaw a renovation to the hospital’s Emergency, Registration and Radiology Departments and recruited a number of medical specialists to the hospital. An Iowa native, Travis earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and German from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and his master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Travis is active in the Appleton and Chilton communities. He currently serves on the Gold Cross Board of Directors, Performing Arts Center Board of Directors, Catalpa Health Board of Directors, the Calumet Medical Center Board of Directors, and the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation Board of Directors.