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New Fairview leader focuses on quality

Rulon Stacey, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E. (Photo: David Sherman)

Rulon F. Stacey, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E., an experienced leader of both academic and community health systems, on November 4 became Fairview Health Services’ president and chief executive officer.

In this role, he oversees operations of the entire Fairview system, including hundreds of primary and specialty care clinics, athletic medicine services, pharmacies, senior services, home care services, five community hospitals (in Burnsville, Edina, Hibbing, Princeton, and Wyoming), and the University of Minnesota’s hospitals. More than 22,000 employees and 2,500 affiliated physicians provide care at Fairview, serving more than 625,000 people each year.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Fairview team. Fairview and its partner, the University of Minnesota, are already well respected organizations nationally, and I look forward to joining them in their quest to continually improve and grow,” says Stacey. “Becoming even better for those we serve will require us to identify best practices, spread those best practices to all our locations, and ensure a consistent care experience. Improving quality will be my focus from day one.”

A native of Provo, Utah, Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in health administration from Brigham Young University and a doctor of philosophy in public administration from the University of Colorado. He is a past chair of the 43,000-member American College of Healthcare Executives and was appointed earlier this year by the U.S. secretary of commerce as the chair of the board of overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Before joining Fairview, he was president of University of Colorado Health, a partnership of that university’s academic medical center and the community’s health system.

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