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Susan Turney, MD

Leadership Committee

President & CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System

Dr. Susan Turney is the first Chief Executive Officer of Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS), taking on that role September 1, 2014.

MCHS, through its entities—Marshfield Clinic, Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., Marshfield Clinic Information Systems, Flambeau Hospital and Lakeview Medical Center—provides patient care, research, education, health care technology and health insurance for much of Wisconsin and beyond.

She is recognized at the national level as a 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, which includes 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 50 Most Influential Physician Executives from 2012-2016, and on its list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Prior to her current MCHS position, Dr. Turney was President and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the leading association for medical group practice administrators and executives, from 2011-14. Through its national membership and 50 state affiliates, MGMA represents more than 33,000 medical practice administrators and executives.

Dr. Turney is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE), having earned that distinction in 2005.

She was CEO and executive vice president of the Wisconsin Medical Society from 2004-11. Through Dr. Turney’s leadership, the Medical Society founded the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN) to improve individual and community health, promote patient-centered health care and advance the use of information technology to improve health care quality and efficiency. She also was WISHIN chair and served on state and national health care committees, including the National Quality Forum and the American Medical Association.

In Wisconsin, she was a member of the board of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO), with the goal to use health care data to improve quality, affordability, safety and efficiency of the state’s health care.

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 master of science degree in administrative medicine from UW-Madison.