Fairview Names Additional Top Executives, Board Members To Its Newly Integrated Leadership Teams

Health care leader Fairview Health Services today announces the addition of three new senior executives and eight new members of its board of directors.

Health care leader Fairview Health Services today announces the addition of three new senior executives and eight new members of its board of directors. This announcement is the latest in a series of moves Fairview President and CEO James Hereford says will accelerate integration efforts and better position the organization to continue providing the highest quality care in communities throughout Minnesota.

New Senior Executives

“It’s an exciting time to receive and provide care at Fairview,” said Hereford. “We have become one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible health systems in the state. With the senior team roles now filled, we have the right capabilities and expertise in place to drive even better outcomes and experiences for all those we serve.”

Recently, insurance provider PreferredOne, Grand Rapids’ Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital and east metro health system HealthEast all joined the Fairview system. Fairview’s CEO has created a new, integrated senior team to ensure synergy among all parts of the organization and a continued focus on meeting patient, family and community needs.

Osman AkhtarM. Osman Akhtar, MHA, is Fairview’s new chief operating officer. Akhtar has more than 19 years of health care experience and most recently was the vice president of operational integration for Sutter Health in California.
Laura ReedLaura Reed, RN, DNP, has been named Fairview’s new chief nursing executive. Prior to this position, Reed was the chief operating officer and chief nurse executive at ThedaCare in Wisconsin.

Mark WeltonMark Welton, MD, MHCM, is now Fairview’s chief medical officer. Most recently, Dr. Welton was the Harry A. Oberhelman Jr. Professor of Surgery and chief of colon and rectal surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was also chief of staff for Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

“These new leaders complement the strong senior executive team that is in place at Fairview and share the team’s commitment to excellence and continual improvement,” said Ann Hengel, chair, Fairview Board of Directors. “As we fully integrate our expanded system and enhance our partnership with the University of Minnesota, this team will serve us well.”

New Board Members

Fairview’s growing board reflects the organization’s recent expansions, both in terms of capabilities and competencies, as well as geographic reach. Three of the eight new board members previously served on the board of HealthEast. The new board also affirms Fairview’s strong relationship with the University of Minnesota and its Medical School with three University of Minnesota board seats welcoming new directors. 
The eight board members who have joined Fairview in 2017 are:
  • Brian Burnett, PhD, University of Minnesota senior vice president, finance and operations
  • Julie Causey, Western Bank chairman emeritus
  • Michael Connly, Optum chief information officer 
  • John Heinmiller, independent investor and consultant
  • Tim Marx, Catholic Charities president and chief executive officer
  • Kevin Roberg, Kelsey Capital Management founder and principal
  • Kenneth Roering, PhD, University of Minnesota professor emeritus
  • Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota

“We need a passionate board with diverse expertise and the leadership skills to continue to propel our organization forward,” said Hengel. “We’re pleased to welcome these talented new board members to Fairview.”

“With our leadership team and board of directors in place, we’re well positioned to lead Fairview into its next century of service,” said Hereford. “We look forward to leveraging the deep skills of these leaders to improve health for the people of Minnesota long into the future.”

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