Executive Leadership

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

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, Vice President of Human Resources

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 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.

William Heegaard, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Heegaard is the senior physician executive responsible for clinical operations. Dr. Heegaard is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is an active clinical faculty member in the Hennepin Healthcare Emergency Medical Department, where he served for 10 years as Assistant Chief. A researcher and national speaker, Dr. Heegaard's areas of interest include pre-hospital care, head trauma, pre-hospital ultrasound and tactical EMS. Dr. Heegaard is the past Chairman of the Board of LifeLinkIII, a critical care transport corporation owned by Hennepin Healthcare, Allina Corporation, Fairview Corporation, Regions Hospital, St. Cloud Hospital, Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Essentia St. Mary's Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital. He currently sits on the LifeLinkIII Board as well and serves as Co-Medical Director.

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 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.

Susan Jepson, MPH, BSN, Vice President, Upstream Health Innovations

susan jepsonSusan Jepson joined Hennepin Healthcare in 2015 and launched Upstream Health Innovations. Upstream Health Innovations leverages a methodology called human-centered design. This research and design methodology develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process to gain deep insights. This methodology is used to better understand what our patients want and need in regards to their health and their healthcare. Our team includes providers, healthcare experts, and service designers. Our goal is to radically improve health and the focus is on the whole person. Susan comes to Hennepin Healthcare with a strong background in emerging strategies and innovation in medical and nonmedical settings. She spent 9 years working at United Health Group focusing on new products and services for both healthcare and financial services. Most recently she led the product development and marketing of healthcare payment products for US Bank. Susan has her BSN from the College of St. Benedict and her MPH from the University of MN.

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