Meet our new president and CEO, Rulon F. Stacey
Fairview’s new president and chief executive officer, Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, FACHE, talks about his approach to improving the quality of care and meeting patients’ needs in a recent profile by Twin Cities MD News.
“There is no one more committed to improving patient care and meeting patients’ needs than I am,” Stacey says in the article. “If we’re not providing the best services for our patients and physicians, then we need to fix that.”
Fostering a culture of excellence
Stacey started his new position at Fairview on Nov. 4. In the profile, he talks about how he encourages communication and face-to-face interaction to promote an atmosphere of trust and confidence.
He has a strong record of fostering excellence. 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.
Becoming the ‘delivery system of choice’
Before coming to Fairview, Stacey was president of University of Colorado Health, where, as the article notes, “the union of academic and community medicine helped prepared him for his role at Fairview.”
Fairview’s partnership with the University of Minnesota offers a potent combination that benefits patients.
“When the power of academic medicine at the University of Minnesota—high-quality clinical care, education and research—is added to Fairview’s extraordinary community-based health care delivery system, it places us in the position to be the delivery system of choice in the Upper Midwest and the nation,” Stacey says in the article.
“Fairview’s patients already are benefiting every day from our partnership.”
Visible, interactive leadership
Stacey has an “open door” policy when it comes to discussing new ideas for improving health care.
As Fairview president and CEO, he oversees the mission, vision and operations of the entire Fairview system which includes hundreds of primary and specialty care clinics, athletic medicine services, pharmacies, senior services, home care services and five community hospitals—in Burnsville, Edina, Hibbing, Princeton and Wyoming—as well as University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
More than 22,000 employees and 3,000 credentialed physicians provide care at Fairview, serving more than 625,000 people each year.
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.