Allina Hospitals & Clinics names new Unity Hospital president
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 09/24/2010--Kenneth Paulus, president and chief executive officer of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, announced today that Lori Wightman will become president of Unity Hospital in January 2011. Wightman is currently president of New Ulm Medical Center.
Lori Wightman, president of New Ulm Medical Center will become president of Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn. in January 2011.
"I’m pleased that Unity’s next leader will come from within Allina Hospitals & Clinics," said Paulus. "Lori has a terrific track record of success over many years. Equally important, Lori is trained as a nurse, bringing invaluable clinical skills to her leadership position."
Wightman, 50, has been president of New Ulm Medical Center for more than eight years. During her leadership, New Ulm’s hospital and clinic adopted a fully integrated medical record.
Wightman guided several important building renovations and service expansions that were financed largely by successful community fundraising campaigns, and she established a satellite clinic in Winthrop, Minn. Four years ago, she assumed the administrative leadership of Allina’s Owatonna Hospital that was replaced by a new facility that houses both the hospital and a medical clinic in 2009.
Wightman was instrumental in developing and obtaining federal funding for the Heart of New Ulm, a groundbreaking health initiative with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Allina’s Center for Innovation.
She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Minnesota’s Regent for that organization. She is also a regional chairman of the Minnesota Hospital Association and currently licensed as a registered nurse in Minnesota.
Wightman will replace Unity Hospital’s interim president John Stoltenberg, MD, who has been serving since Rickie Ressler’s retirement at the end of last year.
About Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics, and health care services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, oxygen and medical equipment, pharmacies and emergency medical transportation.# # #