Fairview announces Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, as new chief executive officer

Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, is Fairview's new president
and CEO. He joins Fairview Nov. 4.
Sept. 17, 2013
Fairview Health Services announced today the appointment of Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, as its next president and chief executive officer. Fairview is one of the largest integrated health systems in the Upper Midwest. Stacey will begin on Nov. 4.
Currently, Stacey is president of University of Colorado Health, a partnership that combines one of the nation’s top-performing community health systems with one of its highest-ranked academic medical centers. Prior to joining University of Colorado Health, Stacey was CEO of Colorado’s Poudre Valley Health System for 16 years. Under his leadership, the system was the only health care organization in the country to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008, the nation’s highest presidential recognition for performance excellence.

A track record of improving quality and experience
“Every health system Rulon has touched throughout his career has dramatically improved clinical quality and patient experience. Under his leadership, I am confident Fairview patients and families will see care and service continue to get better and better,” says Charles “Chuck” Mooty, Fairview Board chair and interim CEO. “Fairview is very fortunate to welcome a new CEO who has experience leading a combined academic and community system and has such an impressive track record of improving quality by engaging employees and physicians. The Board of Directors is thrilled to have him join us.”

Stacey will formally assume leadership on Nov. 4. He will take over from Mooty, who has been serving as interim CEO since July 2012.

As Fairview president and CEO, Stacey will oversee the mission, vision and operations of the entire Fairview system, including hundreds of primary and specialty care clinics, athletic medicine services, pharmacies, senior services, home care services, five community hospitals in Burnsville, Edina, Hibbing, Princeton and Wyoming, and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. More than 22,000 employees and 2,500 affiliated physicians provide care at Fairview, serving more than 625,000 people each year.

Leading Fairview to become the best
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Fairview team. Fairview and its partner, the University of Minnesota, are already well respected organizations nationally, and I look forward to joining them in their quest to continually improve and grow,” says Stacey. “Becoming even better for those we serve will require us to identify best practices, spread those best practices to all our locations and ensure a consistent care experience. Improving quality will be my focus from day one.”

“Fairview's reputation attracts world-class leaders, and Rulon is clearly a world-class leader,” says David Murphy, vice chair of the Fairview Board and chair of its search committee. “Rulon brings the personal and leadership characteristics we believe are vital to leading Fairview. We found him to be a great listener, team builder and community connector. Combined with his deep experience in both community and academic medicine, he quickly rose to the top.”

A native of Provo, Utah, Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in health administration from Brigham Young University and a doctor of philosophy in public administration from the University of Colorado. He is a past chairman of the 43,000-member American College of Healthcare Executives and was appointed earlier this year by the United States Secretary of Commerce as the Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

“Ultimately, my goal is for Fairview to provide the best care on Earth because everyone we care for deserves that—no matter which of our hundreds of physicians, clinics or services they choose,” says Stacey. “I look forward to joining this great community and working with the Fairview team and the people we serve to make that goal a reality.”

About Fairview
Based in Minneapolis, Fairview Health Services is a nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional clinical care—from prevention of illness and injury to care for the most complex medical conditions. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview's 22,000 employees and 2,500 aligned physicians are committed to delivering greater value—exceptional patient care and experience at a lower total cost of care—to the communities we serve. Fairview collaborates with physicians, payers and employers to transform health care through innovative care delivery and payment models.

Fairview’s continuum includes more than 40 primary care clinics, a wide range of specialty services, home care, senior services, pharmacies and more. Fairview also owns six hospitals—five community hospitals and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. We provide care in urban, suburban and rural settings and strive to be the best health care delivery system for America, in partnership with the University of Minnesota. Each year, Fairview cares for more than half a million people in its clinics, hospitals and other care settings.

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