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Penny Wheeler, MD, became the president and chief executive officer of Allina Health in 2015. She had served as chief clinical officer since 2006, and president since 2013. Dr. Wheeler sets the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, focusing on ensuring that the organization delivers exceptional care and supports the health and well-being of all those served. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler served patients at Women’s Health Consultants in Minneapolis.
In addition to her current role, Dr. Wheeler has chaired the Minnesota Community Measurement board, a regional health quality collaborative, and is on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care. Dr. Wheeler is on the board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Health Catalyst.
Minnesota Business magazine named Dr. Wheeler the 2012 Outstanding Health Care Executive, largely based on her ability to form internal and external care collaboratives that benefit community health. In July 2015, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Dr. Wheeler to the Taskforce for Health Care Financing. In 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine recognized Dr. Wheeler as one of the top 25 women in health care.