Top 25 Women in Healthcare - 2017
Brainerd has been president and CEO of HealthPartners since 2002, but first joined the organization in 1992. During her tenure, the system has experienced substantial growth, specifically through the 2014 merger with Park Nicollet Health Services. That deal expanded HealthPartners to seven hospitals and more than 50 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin, employing more than 22,000 people. The system's facilities have also continued to grow. Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., for example, added new facilities to focus on breast health and mental health. HealthPartners is one of the largest consumer-governed not-for-profit healthcare organizations in the nation, insuring and providing health and dental care to 1.4 million people.