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John Cumming, MD, MBA, FACS, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Cumming was appointed acting CEO in February 2019. Since 2015, Dr. John Cumming has been Vice President of Medical Affairs and President of the Medical Staff, which includes 1,000+ medical staff members. He is responsible for medical staff appointment and credentialing functions, the medical staff bylaws, Peer Review process, and medical staff regulatory and compliance functions. Dr. Cumming is also a practicing trauma surgeon, first joining Hennepin Healthcare’s medical staff in 2000. Dr. Cumming graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery and fellowship in critical care at Hennepin Healthcare. He received a Health Care MBA from St. Thomas University.

Emily Blomberg, MHA, Chief Operating Officer

emily blombergEmily Blomberg joined Hennepin Healthcare as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2017. As COO, Emily is responsible for ancillary services including Radiology, Pharmacy, and Laboratory, as well as operational and support functions like Information Technology/ACE, Environmental Services, Facilities, Security, Nutrition Services, and the Enterprise Project Management Office. Most recently, Emily was the Vice President of Health System Operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. She earned a Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business from the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management.

Lori J. Brown, DHA, RN, MSN, CENP, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer, Sr. Vice President of Patient Care

lori brown, chief nursing officerLori J. Brown, DHA, RN, MSN, CENP, FACHE, joined Hennepin Healthcare as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in August 2018. Before joining Hennepin Healthcare, Lori was the Chief Nursing Executive responsible for the nursing practice as well as support associates for all clinical entities in a three-hospital region of the Ascension Borgess system based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to that, Lori was Chief Nursing Officer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University and an MSN, Nursing Administration and BSN, Nursing from Marquette University.

Walter Chesley, JD, Chief Human Resources Officer

walter chesleyWalter Chesley, JD, joined Hennepin Healthcare as the new Vice President of Human Resources in 2013. Most recently, Chesley was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and Development at Universal Hospital Systems. Previously, he served as Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer at Children's Hospitals and Clinics. Chesley has a record of developing a positive workforce and organizational cultures in healthcare organizations and has successfully aligned human resources strategies and programs to improve employee engagement. His community service includes board leadership roles with the Ronald McDonald House Minnesota, Community Health Charities Minnesota, YMCA and other organizations.

Dan Hoody, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer

daniel hoody md small photoDr. Hoody is the senior physician executive responsible for clinical operations and quality. Dr. Hoody is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is an active clinical faculty member in the Hennepin Healthcare Department of Medicine, where he has practiced for seven years as a hospitalist. In addition, he has served as the Chief Medical Quality Officer since 2017. Dr. Hoody has prior experience as a design engineer and clinical informaticist and previously served as the first Director of Quality Improvement for Graduate Medical Education at Hennepin Healthcare. He completed his Masters of Science in Health Economics, Policy, & Management from the London School of Economics in 2015, and has an interest in improving the quality and value of clinical care through continuous improvement efforts. Dr. Hoody is active in the Minnesota Hospital Association, where he currently serves as a member of the statewide Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

Derrick Hollings, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

derrick hollingsDerrick Hollings joined Hennepin Healthcare in 2016. He has 25 years of progressive financial leadership in healthcare, including service as CFO at two academic medical centers: Howard University Hospital and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In addition, Hollings filled the top financial leadership role at a large integrated delivery network, a health technology start-up company, and several other large healthcare organizations. His experience spans revenue cycle, financing, strategic planning, business planning, managing investment portfolios, negotiating value-based payer agreements, and enhancing the overall financial performance of hospitals and healthcare systems.

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