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.

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.

Donald M. Jacobs, MD, Chief of Clinical Operations

Donald M. Jacobs, MD, became HCMC's first Chief of Clinical Operations in 2012 when the operations of Hennepin Faculty Associates (HFA) integrated into HCMC. He served as Chairman and CEO of HFA from 2000 to 2012 and is a general surgeon with more than thirty years of clinical practice in Minneapolis. He has served as interim Chief of the Department of Surgery at HCMC and as director of both its Surgical Residency Program and medical student surgical site rotation. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jacobs is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons; a board member and past-president of the Association for Surgical Education; a trustee of the Minnesota Medical Association; a member of the Twin Cities Medical Society and a member of the American Medical Association. He served on the Leadership Council of the National Institute of Health Policy and was a founding member of the Physician's Leadership Policy Forum. He previously chaired Healthy Minnesota, a multi-stakeholder partnership for Minnesota healthcare reform, and has served on two work groups of the Minnesota State Legislature's Healthcare Access Commission.

Steve Sterner MD, FACEP, Chief of Ambulatory Care

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.