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.

Emily Blomberg, MHA, Chief Operating Officer

Emily Blomberg joined Hennepin County Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2017. As COO, Emily is responsible for ancillary services including Radiology, Pharmacy, and Laboratory, as well as operational and support functions like Information Technology/ACE, Environmental Services, Facilities, Security, Nutrition Services, and the Enterprise Project Management Office. Most recently, Emily was the Vice President of Health System Operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. She earned a Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business from the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management.

Ford W. Bell, DVM, Vice President of Philanthropy & President, Hennepin Health Foundation

Ford Bell joined HCMC as president of the Hennepin Health Foundation in 2015. Before joining HCMC, he was president of the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, D.C., from 2007-2015. Prior to 2007 Ford had a distinguished career as a veterinarian and non-profit executive, including service as President and CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. His non-profit board experience includes time as chair of the board of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, board member of the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, and board member of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

Miaja Cassidy, JD, CHCP, CCEP, Chief Compliance Officer

Miaja Cassidy joined HCMC in 2016 as Chief Compliance Officer, with responsibility for Information Privacy and Security, Internal Audit, and Regulatory Review and Analysis. Before joining HCMC, Miaja was the Healthcare Compliance Officer at Target, where she created and ran the Healthcare Compliance division. She is a Certified Healthcare Compliance Professional (CHCP) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). Before joining Target she practiced law for fifteen years and has held positions at Medica, ING US and other healthcare companies focusing on risk mitigation, privacy, security, public policy and compliance.

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.

John Cumming, MD, MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Cumming graduated from State University of New York and completed residency training in general surgery at HCMC. In his current role, Dr. Cumming is responsible for provider appointment and credentialing functions, as well as the medical staff bylaws, Peer Review, and medical staff regulatory and compliance functions. Dr. Cumming also continues his active surgical practice.

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.

Tom Hayes, MS, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing

The Public Relations and Marketing department is responsible for marketing, internal communications, event management, external-facing digital and social media, graphic design and media relations. Tom has an M.S. degree in Technical Communications and B.A. in Journalism & English. He has completed the America's Essential Hospitals Fellow's Program in Developing and Communicating Policy and the AHA Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development program in Healthcare Marketing Communications. Tom was a journalist prior to serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras as a public health information specialist. He also has worked in public affairs at the county and municipal levels.

William Heegaard, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, 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.

Derrick Hollings, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Derrick Hollings joined HCMC in 2016. He has 25 years of progressive financial leadership in healthcare, including service as CFO at two academic medical centers: Howard University Hospital and University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In addition, Hollings filled the top financial leadership role at a large integrated delivery network, a health technology start-up company, and several other large healthcare organizations. His experience spans revenue cycle, financing, strategic planning, business planning, managing investment portfolios, negotiating value-based payer agreements, and enhancing the overall financial performance of hospitals and healthcare systems.

Susan Jepson, MPH, BSN, Vice President, Upstream Health Innovations

Susan Jepson joined HCMC in 2015 and launched Upstream Health Innovations. Upstream Health Innovations leverages a methodology called human centered design. This research and design methodology develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process to gain deep insights. This methodology is used to better understand what our patients want and need in regards to their health and their healthcare. Our team includes providers, healthcare experts and service designers. Our goal is to radically improve health and the focus is on the whole person. Susan comes to HCMC with a strong background in emerging strategies and innovation in medical and nonmedical settings. She spent 9 years working at United Health Group focusing on new products and services for both healthcare and financial services. Most recently she led the product development and marketing of healthcare payment products for US Bank. Susan has her BSN from the College of St. Benedict and her MPH from the University of MN.

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.

Andy Mitchell, Assistant County Attorney

Andy Mitchell is one of several lawyers from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office who provide counsel and representation to Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. Andy has been deeply involved at HCMC since 2002 and has been an active participant in many of the recent and dramatic changes in the system’s governance and management structures. He currently serves on the system’s executive leadership team. Andy is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota Law School.

Sheila Delaney Moroney, MPH, Patient Experience Officer

Sheila came to HCMC in 2008 after serving as a health policy consultant and for five years as program director at the National Institute of Health Policy. She has a BA degree in English from Boston College and an MPH in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. She spent 10 years working in public relations, fundraising, program development, and health education at Boston Children’s Hospital and a community health clinic in Boston’s inner city. Sheila oversees organizational strategies for improving the patient and family experience; the integration of experience-based design methodologies into program development, process improvement, and space design; and has operational responsibilities including Interpreter Services, Spiritual Care, Patient Relations, Welcome and Valet Services, Patient/Family Partners, and the Inspire Arts Program.

Sheryl Ramstad, JD, RN, DNP, Chief External Relations Officer

Sheryl Ramstad was named Chief External Relations Officer in October, 2017. As Chief External Relations Officer, Sheryl drives critical work around public policy and advocacy, awareness, and partnerships. Before joining HCMC she was a nursing consultant for Health Counseling Services and a burn survivor peer support representative at Regions Hospital. She began her career in law and served as an Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, Assistant United States Attorney, Hennepin County Judge, partner at Rider Bennett Law Firm, judge in Minnesota Tax Court and she served as the Minnesota Commissioner for the Department of Corrections. Sheryl earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is a member of the Women Business Leaders in Health Care Foundation and currently serves on several advisory boards and community associations including Presbyterian Homes & Services, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors International, and she is president-elect of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Board.

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.

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, CENP, 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.

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