Penny Wheeler, MD, president and CEO of Allina Health, is among the nation's "50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders," according to Modern Healthcare, a leading healthcare industry magazine. The list honors physicians working in the healthcare industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert
panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact.
Wheeler, 57, was named CEO of Allina Health in 2015 after serving as the system's president and chief clinical officer for the prior two years. Within months of her promotion, Minnesota's governor asked Wheeler to serve on a task force to review the states healthcare financing and access.
The CEO, one of seven women on this year's ranking, did not hesitate to describe affordability and quality as among healthcares most pressing issues during an interview with Minnesota Public Radio last July.
"I would say that the way to lower healthcare costs is actually, quite frankly, to make healthcare better," she said. "I think every industry has learned, and we're maybe slower to learn, that if you make care consistently better, you make it more effective, you make it more efficient, you make it more affordable."
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