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Susan Turney, MD
CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System
Dr. Susan L. Turney is the CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS), taking on that role September 1, 2014. Through its entities, MCHS provides patient care, research, education, health care technology and health insurance for Wisconsin and beyond.
She is recognized as a national thought leader in health care and expert in strategic planning, executive management and external relations. She is sought out as a speaker by national organizations to discuss the business of this industry and is a member of the Modern Healthcare CEO Power Panel, including representatives of the nation’s largest hospital, physician practice, insurer, trade association and think tank organizations. She was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Top 25 Women Leaders in 2021, on its list of 50 Most Influential Physician/Clinical Executives from 2012-2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and on its list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2012-2014, and 2019. Dr. Turney received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Directors Award in 2017. She was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 27 Female Physician Executives to know in 2018 and named Distinguished Leader by MGMA-ACMPE in 2018. Dr. Turney was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 105 Physician Leaders to Know in 2019.
Prior to her current MCHS position, Dr. Turney was President and CEO, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the leading association for medical group practice administrators and executives, from 2011-14. She was CEO and Executive VP of the Wisconsin Medical Society from 2004-11. She is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE), having earned that distinction in 2005.
For 22 years, from 1982-2004, Dr. Turney was an internal medicine physician at Marshfield Clinic, serving in education and leadership roles and as medical director for Patient Financial Services from 1995 to 2004.
Dr. Turney, a native of Mellen, Wisconsin, graduated from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, Wisconsin, and earned a masters degree in administrative medicine from UW-Madison.