Executive Leadership

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

Dr. Pryor joined Hennepin County Medical Center as CEO in April, 2013. Before joining HCMC, 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.

Suzanne M. Begin, MBA, MA, CFRE, GPC, CFLE, Vice President of Philanthropy & President of Hennepin Health Foundation

Ms. Begin, a Minnesota native, joined HCMC in 2012 from The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority/Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA where she served as Executive Director of the Foundation and the CEO of the two county Hospital Authority. She is a healthcare philanthropy professional credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Grants Professional, and Certified Family Life Educator. She also holds a MA from Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Systems, a MBA from Kennesaw State University and a BS in occupational therapy and pastoral ministry from St. Catherine's College. She enjoys investing in future healthcare leaders as an adjunct professor in the Lakeland College undergraduate Healthcare Management concentration.

Michael B. Belzer, MD, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Michael Belzer has been medical director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990. He also serves as Medical Director for Hennepin County’s Community Health Department and Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to becoming Medical Director, he served as the Associate HCMC Medical Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Belzer is a practicing Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with subspecialty and specialty board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin Medical Society that represents over 4000 Physicians, and is presently on the boards for the National Public Health and Hospital Institute, the National Association of Public Hospitals Physician Leadership Advisory Committee, Hennepin Medical Association, Metropolitan Visiting Nurse Association and the Hospice of the Twin Cities among many others.

Walter Chesley, JD, Vice President of Human Resources

Walter Chesley, JD, joined Hennepin County Medical Center 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.

Nancy Garrett, PhD, Chief Analytics Officer

Nancy Garrett joined HCMC in 2012 and was named Chief Analytics Officer in 2013. In this role, Nancy is aligning Analytics and Information Technology to develop information-driven solutions to managing the health of our population. Nancy has a Ph.D. in Population Statistics from the University of Illinois, and an extensive payer background, including building a centralized analytics function at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. She also served on the Board of Minnesota Community Measurement where she was instrumental in implementing its first cost measure, and currently is serving on expert panels for Cost and Resource Use measures and Socioeconomic Status and Risk Adjustment at the National Quality Forum.

William Heegaard, MD, MPH, 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 HCMC 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 County Medical Center, 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.

John Hitt, MD, MBA, Chief Quality Officer

Dr. John Hitt is the Chief Quality Officer for Hennepin Health System. Prior to joining HHS in 2009, he was the health care leader for IP2Biz, a company that specializes in the identification, further development and market placement of technology. Dr. Hitt also previously served as a medical director for Optum Health Care Cooperative Care group, a division of United Health Care. Dr. Hitt has acted as Chief Medical Officer for American Telecare and an early stage video gaming company designing exercise games. He worked as VPMA for the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis and as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls SD. Dr. Hitt, also worked for VHA in coordinating regional and national quality efforts and on aspects of clinical supply chain management. Dr. Hitt is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA Biochemistry and BA Economics). He attended Veterinary School at the University of Georgia and received his Medical Doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia in 1984 (AOA honors). Dr. Hitt completed his Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Fellowship training at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in 1991. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Hitt completed his MBA at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2003

Lori Johnson, RN, MA, Vice President, Performance Improvement and Safety

Lori Johnson joined Hennepin County Medical Center in 1987 as a staff nurse on the Renal Special Care Unit. Since that time, she has held a number of positions across the medical center, including senior staff nurse, acting nurse manager, senior quality improvement specialist, Quality Management manager, Accreditation Coordinator and Director of Nursing Administrative Services. Since 2005, she has been the Patient Safety Officer and in 2006 added the duties of directing the Performance Measurement and Improvement department, which includes accreditation, customer service, patient representatives, risk management and performance improvement.

Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Chief of Provider Services

Dr. Joseph-Di Caprio practices pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She has been Chief of Pediatrics at HCMC for 12 years and is the medical director of the HCMC Pediatric Clinic. The HCMC Department of Pediatrics includes general inpatient pediatrics, a pediatric Level 1 trauma center, a pediatric intensive care unit, newborn and midwife nurseries, a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, and outpatient pediatric clinics that host approximately 30,000 patient visits annually. Dr. Joseph-Di Caprio’s medical degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she completed a pediatric residency, an adolescent medicine fellowship and a Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She also participated in the University of St. Thomas Physician Leadership College. Dr. Joseph-Di Caprio is a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a participant in the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Disparities Solutions Center’s 2014-2015 Disparities Leadership Program.

Larry Kryzaniak, MS, Chief Financial Officer

Larry Kryzaniak joined Hennepin County Medical Center in 2004 from Allina Health System where he was executive vice president responsible for financial operations of its Hospitals and Clinics Division, for which he also served as interim CFO. He has an undergraduate degree in Business and Management from Monmouth College, Ill., and an MS degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch Univer-sity. He received certification as a Fellow in Health Care Financial Management.

Steve Sterner MD, FACEP, Chief of Provider Services

Dr. Sterner has lead the transformation of the HCMC clinics to an ambulatory care system since 2007. He also served as the Sr. Vice President of Hennepin Faculty Associates from 2005-2012. He is a practicing board certified Emergency Medicine Physician and has served as Assistant Department Chief and Medical Director of the HCMC Emergency Department in the past. His current interests include health system model transformation to patient centered health care homes, population health, accountable care and LEAN performance improvement.

Warren Simpson, JD, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Director of Internal Audit

Warren Simpson joined Hennepin County Medical Center as Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Director of Internal Audit in 2010. He has extensive experience managing the ethics, compliance, and privacy programs at Supervalu Inc., and has served as legal counsel for Honeywell Inc. and other multinational corporations headquartered in the Twin Cities. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College.

Jen Van Liew, PhD, RN, Vice President, Community and Transition Care

Jen Van Liew joined HCMC in 2015 when MVNA and Hospice of the Twin Cities integrated with the Hennepin Healthcare System. Dr. Van Liew earned her PhD in Health Science, International Health from Touro University in Cypress, California, and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is the President and CEO of MVNA, and prior to that she provided care for patients in hospitals and community settings, served as a professor of nursing at two universities in Iowa, and worked as a consultant to the Iowa Department of Health. Her previous executive position includes being CEO of Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa.

Meghan Walsh, MD, Chief Academic Officer and Associate Medical Director

Dr. Walsh was appointed the Chief Academic Officer and Associate Medical Director at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2012 . In this role, she oversees all of the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs within the Office of the Medical Director. Dr. Walsh earned her medical degree in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1997. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2004, followed by a Chief Residency before joining the Hennepin County Medical Center Internal Medicine staff in 2005. Dr. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and works as a cardiac hospitalist. Dr. Walsh has served as the Program Director of the Transitional Residency Program since 2008.

Kathy Wilde, RN, MA, Chief Nursing Officer

Kathy Wilde joined Hennepin County Medical Center in July 2007 as the hospital's new Chief Nursing Officer. Wilde has more than 30 years of nursing leadership experience. Since 1995, she was with Mercy and Unity Hospitals, most recently serving as Vice President of Operations/Patient Care and as Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years in nursing management with the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics.

Scott R. Wordelman, FACHE, Vice President of Ambulatory Administration

Scott R. Wordelman joined HCMC in 2012 from Fairview Red Wing Health Services, an integrated community-based health system affiliated with Fairview Health Services where he served as president and CEO. Wordelman received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Hospital Administration from Concordia College and continued studies at the University of Minnesota’s Independent Study Program in Health Care Administration. He is a member of the American Hospital Association Regional 6 Policy Board among other AHA committees, and a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. He serves as a preceptor and speaker for both Concordia College’s Health Care Management Program and the University of Minnesota Masters in Health Care Administration Program.