Hennepin County health system selects new CEO

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Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., the parent organization that operates HCMC in downtown Minneapolis, has hired Jon Pryor, 56, as its new chief executive officer, the Star Tribune reports. He will begin his new role April 1.

“Hennepin is where I learned to be a doctor,” Pryor told the newspaper. “I learned the practice of medicine, the care of medicine and the compassion that comes with it at Hennepin. This is a coming home for me.”

Pryor is currently the top executive of Medical College Physicians at Milwaukee’s Medical College of Wisconsin.

“Dr. Pryor will be a transformational leader because of his passion for the mission of HCMC, his experience as an outstanding clinician, and his high level of business acumen from his time with a national business consulting firm and service as CEO of a large medical practice,” Sharon Sayles Belton, chair of the HHS board, said in a news release. “He is bringing that experience and passion home to where he started as a medical resident in the HCMC Surgery Residency program. He knows first-hand the essential role that HCMC plays in our community.”

He replaces interim CEO David Jones who took over the role after Arthur Gonzales resigned last summer to take the top spot at a public health system in Denver.

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