50 Most Influential Clinical Executives - 2019
Dr. Penny Wheeler
President and CEO, Allina Health
Under Wheeler’s leadership, Allina has taken a closer look at how it can address the behavioral health crisis. The organization’s “Be the Change” initiative aims to understand and address employee perceptions of mental health issues. The organization now trains staff on how to engage fellow employees on how to overcome preconceived notions about mental health, which also translates to improved patient interactions. Wheeler is also on the Founders Council of the United States of Care, a not-for-profit created through efforts led by former CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt. The group's goal is to bring bipartisan dialogue to the healthcare debate.