Fairview names Carolyn Wilson, R.N., executive vice president and chief operating officer

Carolyn Wilson, R.N., Fairview executive
vice president and chief operating officer
March 6, 2014
Fairview Health Services has named Carolyn Wilson, R.N., to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

This new role combines operational accountability for one of the largest integrated health systems in the Upper Midwest into a single operational leadership position. Wilson assumed this new role on March 1.

Integrating academic and community resources
“Fairview is putting a tremendous leader at the helm of our effort to integrate academic and community resources for the benefit of our patients,” says Rulon F. Stacey, Ph.D., FACHE, Fairview president and chief executive officer.

“I am confident in Carolyn’s ability to advance our vision to operate as one and to achieve the nation-leading results our communities deserve.”

Operational accountability for Fairview
As COO, Wilson has operational accountability for the entire Fairview system, including hundreds of primary and specialty care clinics, athletic medicine services, pharmacies, senior services, home care services, five community hospitals in Burnsville, Edina, Hibbing, Princeton and Wyoming, and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. More than 22,000 employees and 2,500 affiliated physicians provide care at Fairview, serving more than 625,000 people a year.

Wilson also serves as co-president of University of Minnesota Health with Bobbi Daniels, MD, University of Minnesota Physicians. University of Minnesota Health is a recently announced name for all the University of Minnesota-branded facilities and services jointly operated by University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview.

Background and training in health care
Wilson joined Fairview in 2011 as president of University of Minnesota Medical Center. Before joining Fairview, Wilson worked for University of Chicago Medical Center for 13 years in leadership roles, including chief operating officer and associate dean. Wilson has professional experience in community hospital and nursing home settings. She also served as a staff nurse at the National Institutes of Health.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rush University and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University.

Wilson was listed as one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2012 and 2013. She was named on the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” in 2013.

The new position developed as longtime Fairview leader Dan Anderson—who has served Fairview for 35 years in a variety of roles—shared his plan to leave the company later this year. Anderson’s responsibilities as president of Fairview community hospitals are part of the COO position Wilson holds.
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