Allina Health appoints Dominica Tallarico, B.S., M.S., FACHE, new Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

MINNEAPOLIS (April 25, 2023) — Allina Health is pleased to welcome Dominica Tallarico, B.S., M.S., FACHE as the health system’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. In her role, Tallarico will serve as the senior executive responsible for implementing Allina Health’s strategic plans into daily operations to meet the organization’s objectives. Tallarico’s leadership will build upon Allina Health’s strong operations foundation aimed at accelerating the integration of innovative care models. 

“I am honored and excited to be joining Allina Health, where I am committed to furthering the health system’s mission to serve our communities and its bold purpose of contributing to the flourishing of humanity,” said Tallarico. “It will be a privilege to serve Allina Health and deliver on the organization’s promise of ‘All Together Better’ by changing people’s lives for the better through the integration of health care delivery models for the future. Allina Health is nationally recognized as a leader in health care, and we will build from our successes to deliver the safest, best health outcomes through equitable, affordable, accessible, and personalized care for all.”

Tallarico spent her summers growing up on Pelican Lake in central Minnesota. “I am excited for this homecoming and the great memories I have of my childhood summers in Minnesota,” Tallarico said. Tallarico and her husband, David Spiega, have two daughters. 

Tallarico has served Advocate Health for the past 18 years, serving most recently as the executive vice president of the Illinois Market for the newly formed Advocate Health (previously Advocate Aurora Health). Tallarico was the executive leader responsible for acute and ambulatory strategy and operations in Illinois representing nine hospitals, a children’s hospital, 400 ambulatory sites of care and medical group clinics, 6300 physicians of which nearly 1800 are employed, and $7B in revenues.

During her tenure, Tallarico helped to strategically grow the organization’s acute and ambulatory network and sites of care, including population health capabilities and clinical service lines, serving 2 million people in Illinois. She is a strategic thought leader, cultivating innovation as evidenced through establishing innovative care models and partnerships including One Medical, Surgical Care Affiliates, MD Anderson affiliation, and digital consumer-facing products. 

Tallarico holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in health administration from Rush University. She is a founding partner of a new 501c3 organization, South Side Health Transformation Healthy Community Organization, receiving $150M in Illinois State transformation dollars. The organization was founded to disrupt the 29-year life expectancy gap on the southside of Chicago and is a partnership with FQHCs, safety net hospitals, and an academic health system.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dominica Tallarico to Allina Health as our new executive vice president and chief operations officer,” said Lisa Shannon, Allina Health president and CEO. “Dominica’s thought leadership around safety and quality, consumer-driven and growth-minded innovation, and her passion for advancing health equity and access, will play an integral role in accelerating our innovative care models to provide more connected health care experience for those we are privileged to serve.”

Tallarico will begin her new role at Allina Health on May 1, 2023 and will report directly to Lisa Shannon, Allina Health’s president and CEO.


About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A nonprofit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospital campuses, 14 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at and join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.