Executive Leadership

Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare as CEO in April 2013. Before joining, he was CEO of the Medical College of Physicians, the Medical College of Wisconsin's clinical practice group of physicians, advanced practice providers, and other staff. A urologic surgeon by training, Dr. Pryor was Chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 2001-2006. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and was awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship in 2005. His education and training include a medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, an American Foundation of Urologic Disease Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, an MS in surgery from the University of Virginia, a BA in Physics from Carleton College, and two years of residency in the Hennepin County Medical Center Surgery Residency program. He has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of men's health and urologic disorders.

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.

Miaja Cassidy, JD, CHCP, CCEP, Chief Compliance Officer

Miaja CassidyMiaja Cassidy joined Hennepin Healthcare in 2016 as Chief Compliance Officer, with responsibility for Information Privacy and Security, Internal Audit, and Regulatory Review and Analysis. Before joining Hennepin Healthcare, Miaja was the Healthcare Compliance Officer at Target, where she created and ran the Healthcare Compliance division. She is a Certified Healthcare Compliance Professional (CHCP) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). Before joining Target she practiced law for fifteen years and has held positions at Medica, ING US and other healthcare companies focusing on risk mitigation, privacy, security, public policy, and compliance.

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.

Sheryl Ramstad, JD, RN, DNP, Chief External Relations Officer

sheryl ramstadSheryl Ramstad was named Chief External Relations Officer in October 2017. As Chief External Relations Officer, Sheryl drives critical work around public policy and advocacy, awareness, and partnerships. Before joining Hennepin Healthcare she was a nursing consultant for Health Counseling Services and a burn survivor peer support representative at Regions Hospital. She began her career in law and served as an Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, Assistant United States Attorney, Hennepin County Judge, a partner at Rider Bennett Law Firm, a judge in Minnesota Tax Court and she served as the Minnesota Commissioner for the Department of Corrections. Sheryl earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is a member of the Women Business Leaders in Health Care Foundation and currently serves on several advisory boards and community associations including Presbyterian Homes & Services, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors International, and she is president-elect of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Board.

Kelly Spratt, MA, Chief Ambulatory Officer

kelly sprattKelly is responsible for Ambulatory Services, including neighborhood clinics, the Clinic & Specialty Center, Community/Transition Care, Post-Acute Services, and clinics on the HCMC campus. He also is responsible for Emergency Medical Services, including EMS Operations, EMS Emergency Communications, and EMS Education. Kelly started his career at Hennepin Healthcare in 1985 as a Paramedic and has assumed roles of increasing duties, including EMS Supervisor, Interim Director of Primary Care Clinics, Director of Emergency Services and, most recently, Director Provider Services Administration. Kelly has also held various leadership positions at North Memorial Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a Masters of Arts degree in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary's University.

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