Penny Ann Wheeler
Penny Wheeler, M.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allina Health, one of the nation’s leading health systems. The organization is made up of 12 hospitals, 90+ clinics, 24,000+ employees and several related health care service companies including home health, hospice, transportation, medical equipment, and retail pharmacy. Dr. Wheeler leads the organization’s quality and value agenda through alignment of clinical and operational leadership to optimally benefit those served by Allina Health.
A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler has served patients at Women’s Health Consultants in Minneapolis. She has served as president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s medical staff, Chair of the Allina Quality Committee, and served on the Allina Board of Directors before taking her role as Chief Clinical Officer in 2007. In addition to her current role, Dr. Wheeler serves on the boards of Minnesota Community Measurement, a regional health quality collaborative, and on the national board of VHA, an organization dedicated to providing expert support to not-for-profit health care organizations. She has presented nationally on Allina’s approach and success in outcomes-based quality payment models. She was also named the Minnesota Health Care Executive of the year for 2012, largely based on her ability to form internal and external care collaboratives and their impact on community health.