by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | September 16, 2022
From the September 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
HealthPartners announced last December it had appointed Brandi Lunneborg president of Lakeview Hospital and St. Croix Valley executive leader.
HealthPartners is a top-rated integrated, nonprofit healthcare provider and health insurance company based in Bloomington, Minnesota that offers care, coverage, research and education to its members, patients and the community.
Prior to taking on the new role, Lunneborg already had more than 20 years of healthcare leadership, most recently as chief executive officer at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, a 74-bed community hospital in Americus, Georgia. From the beginning, the organization was thrilled about bringing her on board at Lakeview.
“We’re excited to welcome Brandi to our organization,” said Andrea Walsh, president and CEO, HealthPartners, in a statement at the time. “She has outstanding leadership experience and a record of partnership working together with colleagues and physicians to improve patient care and community health.”
Lunneborg succeeded Ted Wegleitner, the former Lakeview Hospital president and St. Croix Valley executive leader, who retired in July 2021.
Lakeview Hospital is an integrated, nonprofit clinic and hospital system serving the eastern Twin Cities area and western Wisconsin. Lakeview is a Level III Trauma Hospital serving patients and building healthy communities on both sides of the St. Croix River — from Prescott to Taylors Falls and beyond. The system includes HealthPartners Clinic Stillwater, Lakeview Hospital and Lakeview Health Foundation. As part of HealthPartners, Lakeview works closely with the world class team at Regions Hospital, and many of its doctors treat patients at both hospitals.
Lakeview Hospital works closely with partner hospitals and clinics in the region, including Amery, Westfields and Hudson Hospitals. It is nationally recognized as a high performing hospital by U.S. News & World Report, and its team provides top medical care for all stages of life — from the birth of a child to compassionate senior care.
“Brandi’s broad range of experience will serve Lakeview Hospital and the St. Croix Valley well,” said Lakeview Health board chair Julie Schmidt. “She understands the health care needs of communities like ours, and we look forward to her operational and strategic leadership.”
In order to learn more about Lunneborg, HealthCare Business News sat down with her for a Q&A session. Here’s how our conversation went:
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