Allina Health President and CEO Penny Wheeler Joins Health Catalyst Board

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MINNEAPOLIS and SALT LAKE CITY – May 5, 2015Health Catalyst, a leader in healthcare data warehousing and analytics, announced today that Penny Wheeler, MD, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Allina Health, has accepted an appointment to the company’s Board of Directors, and will officially join the Board of Directors in July.

Dr. Wheeler was named CEO of Allina Health in January after serving for nine years as the health system’s Chief Clinical Officer. Allina Health is a $3.7 billion not-for-profit organization whose more than 90 clinics, 12 hospitals and related healthcare services provide care for nearly 1 million people across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. It was named one of the nation’s top five large hospital systems in 2015 by Truven Health Analytics, based on balanced, superior system-wide performance in care quality, patient satisfaction, coordination of care, cost of care and operational efficiency.

As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Wheeler led the design and implementation of organization-wide clinical service lines. Through these efforts, Allina Health has realized significant and measurable improvements in care, service, and efficiency and this has enabled Allina Health to expand its care to underserved communities.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of Health Catalyst, a company with which I have worked closely since its founding in 2008,” said Dr. Wheeler. “Allina has made significant progress with care outcomes improvement thanks in part to our early adoption of Health Catalyst’s data warehousing platform. I look forward to working with the company’s leaders to share that experience and know-how to help health systems across the US improve the quality and affordability of patient care.”

Health Catalyst and Allina Health recently signed a landmark $108 million 10-year shared risk agreement creating a national model for the use of data in improving quality and lowering the cost of patient care.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Wheeler accepted our invitation to join the board,” said Dan Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Health Catalyst. “She is one of the most capable, forward thinking CEOs in healthcare today. We are deeply honored that she has agreed to share her insights and guidance by participating on our Board of Directors.”

Fraser Bullock, the Founder and Managing Director of Sorenson Capital and Chairman of Health Catalyst, added, “Dr. Penny Wheeler was one of the first healthcare executives in the nation to recognize the need for a data-driven culture and infrastructure to enable outcomes improvement. We look forward to benefiting from her vision and experience as a member of Health Catalyst’s board.”

A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler previously served patients at Women’s Health Consultants in Minneapolis, was the president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s medical staff, chaired the Allina Health Quality Committee and served on the Allina Health Board of Directors.

In addition to her current role, Dr. Wheeler chairs the Minnesota Community Measurement board, a regional health quality collaborative, and is on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care. She has presented nationally on Allina Health’s approach and success in quality advancement and outcomes-based quality payment models. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Simultaneous to Dr. Wheeler’s appointment, four-year Board Member Larry Grandia will step down from the board, effective also as of July. Grandia is a former chief information officer of Intermountain HealthCare and one of the most influential IT leaders in healthcare over the last 30 years. During his Health Catalyst service since 2011, the company has grown its bookings by approximately one-hundred fold, and increased its team members from 10 to 320.

“Larry has contributed so deeply to Health Catalyst’s growth and success that it would be hard to overstate his positive contributions to the company,” said Burton. “Through my many interactions with Larry over the past several years I have come to appreciate that he is truly one of the most accomplished and insightful healthcare technology leaders of the past few decades. He is a national treasure, and we are fortunate that Larry will continue as a Senior Advisor to the company, so that we can benefit from his experience and wisdom in the months and years ahead.”

As of July, the Health Catalyst Board of Directors will include the following members in addition to Wheeler, Bullock and Burton: Michael Dixon and Todd Cozzens, both partners of Sequoia Capital; Promod Haque, Senior Managing Partner of Norwest Venture Partners; and Steve Barlow, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Health Catalyst.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics12 hospitals15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitionshospice carehome oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. For more information about Allina Health, visit our website at and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Health Catalyst

Health Catalyst is a mission-driven data warehousing and analytics company that helps healthcare organizations of all sizes perform the clinical, financial, and operational reporting and analysis needed for population health and accountable care. Our proven enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 50 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. For more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

For more information contact:
Todd Stein
Amendola Communications for Health Catalyst