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Allina Health CEO makes Modern Healthcare's top physician executives list

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 4/4/2016 — 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 state's 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 healthcare's 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."

The complete list can be found at

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 not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

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