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Executive Leadership

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Jennifer DeCubellis, Chief Executive Officer  

Jennifer DeCubellis was named CEO in February 2020. She was the Hennepin County Deputy Administrator responsible for the health and human services divisions of the county, where she was a leader in developing Hennepin Health, the nationally recognized partnership between the county and the healthcare system that integrates medical and behavioral care with social services for patients on Medicaid. DeCubellis has served as an Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Assistant County Administrator and Area Director for Hennepin County. She worked at the federal level as an Innovation Advisor for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where she created and tested system changes designed to improve quality and slow the escalation of costs. She also led Mental Health Authority Services in Harris County, Texas. DeCubellis has an M.A. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Emily Blomberg, MHA, Chief Operating Officer

Emily 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.

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David Hilden, MD, MPH, FACP, Vice President of Medical Affairs and President of the Medical Staff

David Hilden, MD, MPH, FACP serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs and President of the Medical Staff.  He was the Director of the Division of Hospital Medicine from 2011 – 2019. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2000, completed his Internal Medicine residency training from 2000-2003, and has an active clinical practice in acute hospital care and primary care at Hennepin since 2003. Dr. Hilden is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota in Health Care Leadership and Policy. He is an active medical educator of students and residents and former Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is the Governor of the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a member of the ACP Health and Public Policy Committee. Since 2008, Dr. Hilden has been the host of Healthy Matters, a weekly live radio broadcast on WCCO 830 radio and WCCORADIO.COM.

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Dan Hoody, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer

Dr. 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.

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Derrick Hollings, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Derrick 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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Tonya Jackman Hampton, Ed.D., MBA, Chief People and Culture Officer

Tonya Jackman Hampton, Ed.D., MBA, joined Hennepin Healthcare in September, 2020. In this leadership role, Tonya oversees all human resources functions, including HR shared services, Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development and Employee Engagement, Compensation, Labor Relations, HR Operations and Diversity and Inclusion. Over the past 25 years, Tonya has led in global and national companies within the Human Resources operations of HealthPartners, Planned Parenthood, and Medtronic, as well as many other organizations. She founded and is now an Adviser for Sequel Consulting Group and was the Managing Principal for an award-winning woman-owned firm - Cook Ross, focusing on transforming organizations into inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible cultures by implementing strategies through organization development practices. Tonya earned a Doctor of Education in Organization Development and an MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of St. Thomas. She has a B.A. in Political Science/Pre-Law from Clark Atlanta University. She is currently a board of trustee for The Minneapolis Foundation, African American Breast Cancer Alliance, and Co-Chair for the Twin Cities Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable. She previously served on numerous other community boards and committees including the Bridge for Youth and as president of the National African American Association for HR Professionals MN/Twin Cities Chapter.

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Kelsey Lawson, JD, MS, Chief Compliance Officer

Kelsey joined Hennepin Healthcare as Chief Compliance Officer in October, 2019. Kelsey previously served Hennepin Healthcare as Associate General Counsel on the Hennepin County legal team. Most recently, she served as Chief Compliance Officer at North Memorial Health. Kelsey is responsible for the development and implementation of the system’s corporate compliance program, information privacy and security, internal audit, and regulatory review and analysis.  Kelsey is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health; the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services, Research, Policy and Administration; and the University of Minnesota Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude.

 

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Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, Chief Health Equity Officer

Dr. Sederstrom joined Hennepin Healthcare in January, 2021 as the Chief Health Equity Officer. In this role, Dr. Sederstrom leads the work to assess, build, and execute strategies across the system to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and transform how care is delivered for our community. Dr. Sederstrom has served as director of the Clinical Ethics Department at Children’s Minnesota and Director of the Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she also led the Spiritual Care Department and was the creator and Executive Director of the Journal of Hospital Ethics. Dr. Sederstrom earned a BA in Philosophy from George Washington University, MA in Philosophy and PhD in Sociology from Howard University, and a MPH in Global Health Management from George Washington University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

 

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Meghan Walsh, MD, MPH Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Walsh is the senior physician executive responsible for all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education within Hennepin Healthcare and has served as the Designated Institutional Official for the health system since 2012. Dr. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Affiliate Hospitals at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is an active clinical faculty member in the Hennepin Healthcare Department of Medicine, where she has practiced for 14 years as a cardiac hospitalist. She helped to spearhead the Center for Learning Integration at Hennepin Healthcare, which aims to improve inter-professional education and learning. Dr. Walsh completed Medical School at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 and her Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1997. She has an interest in inter-professional medical education and asynchronous learning strategies.

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Kelly White, RN, MS, Chief Nursing Officer

Kelly White joined Hennepin Healthcare in November of 2020 as the Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, the Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for clinical and operational oversight of direct patient care services including inpatient care units, community care, Nutrition, Mother baby program, and other direct patient care services. Kelly started her career at Hennepin as a nursing assistant and became a nurse in their Surgical Trauma Intensive Care unit before moving into leadership. Most recently Kelly was the Vice President/CNO at North Memorial Health Hospital where she was successful at increasing nursing quality outcomes, operational efficiency, and engagement while focusing on the community that they served. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, and her Masters of Science in Nursing at Benedictine University in Illinois.

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