Leadership team

Our Leadership Team
Fairview's leadership is focused on leading the Fairview organization in fulfilling our mission, achieving our vision and living our values. The team is accountable for establishing and advancing the strategies to ensure our current and future success. 

David Murphy, Fairview Board Chair and interim CEO   

David Murphy leadership photoDavid Murphy has served the Fairview health system for nearly 10 years in both community hospital and system board roles. David currently is board chair for the Fairview’s corporate board of directors and interim chief executive officer.

In addition to his service to Fairview, David is President and CEO of Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc., a company he has led since 2001. Prior to that, David spent 23 years at Minneapolis-based General Mills, a $12 billion global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods.

A native of Minneapolis, David is active in the local community serving the board of the MN Business Partnership, Red Wing Shoe Company, Minnesota Public Radio and Wenger Corporation. He also is a member of the Partners’ Board of the Red Wing Every Hand Joined Initiative.

Carolyn Wilson, RN, chief operating officer of Fairview; co-president, University of Minnesota Health

Carolyn Wilson leadership photoCarolyn has operational accountability for the entire Fairview system—our community hospitals and medical centers in Burnsville, Edina, Hibbing, Maple Grove, Princeton and Wyoming; senior services; Fairview Clinics; and Fairview’s imaging, laboratory, pharmacy and rehabilitation services. In addition, as co-president of University of Minnesota Health, she has direct oversight of University of Minnesota Medical Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and University of Minnesota Health clinical service lines—cardiovascular, mothers’ and children’s, oncology and behavioral.

Carolyn joined Fairview in 2011 with nearly 30 years of health care experience ranging from direct patient care positions to strategic leadership roles. Most recently, she was chief operating officer and associate dean at University of Chicago Medical Center, where she held a variety of leadership roles over a period of 13 years. Prior to that, Carolyn’s professional experience included community hospital and nursing home experience, as well as a year as a staff nurse with the National Institutes of Health. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rush University and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Carolyn was listed as one of "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know," by Becker's Hospital Review. In 2013, she was named on the Becker's Hospital Review list of "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know."

Bob Beacher, RPh, president, shared clinical services

Bob_Beacher_headshotWith more than 30 years of health care experience, Bob helps ensure that key clinical services shared across the Fairview system deliver exceptional quality and experience at a lower total cost of care. Specifically, Bob has administrative responsibility for our laboratory, radiology, rehabilitation and pharmacy teams. In addition, Bob serves as president of Fairview Pharmacy Services which includes 30 retail pharmacies as well as home infusion, medication therapy management and specialty pharmacy services. They also offer pharmacy benefit management services to employers and pharmacy consulting services to other health care organizations. Bob is a registered pharmacist and earned his degree from the University of Minnesota. Bob is a member of several state and national pharmacy associations and serves on Fairview’s Ethics Committee.

John Bjorklund, MD, president, Fairview Physician Associates

John Bjorklund leadership photoSince 2012, John has served as interim president of Fairview Physician Associates (FPA), a nonprofit provider network of 2,300 primary- and specialty-care providers. John also has interim accountability for Fairview Health Network operations and our independent partner physician relationships. He serves as dyad physician lead for Fairview Clinics – Bloomington Lake, Xerxes and Fairview Clinics – Bloomington Lake, Minneapolis, which both became part of Fairview in 2011. John worked for many years as an independent physician within FPA. He has more than 30 years of experience as a family medicine physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Daniel Fromm, chief financial officer

Daniel FrommDan leads efforts to successfully shape Fairview’s financial performance. His areas of responsibility include revenue cycle, supply chain, treasury, financial planning, accounting, tax, government reimbursement, pricing and operations finance. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Dan is responsible for managing purchaser and payer relationships, as well as negotiation of managed care contracts. He was Fairview’s system vice president of finance prior to being named to his current role. Prior to joining Fairview in 2000, he was controller at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and held various financial management positions at the former University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics (now University of Minnesota Medical Center). Dan began his career in the audit practice of LarsonAllen LLP. Dan is a certified public accountant, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bethel University, in Arden Hills, Minn., and has attained Six Sigma Green Belt certification. He is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Health Care Financial Management Association and has served on the Health Systems Cooperative Laundries Inc. Board of Directors and on the Critical Care Services Inc. Finance Committee. Dan currently serves on the Maple Grove Hospital, Associated Medical Assurance Ltd. and Institute for Athletic Medicine boards of directors and on the Ebenezer Finance Committee.

Cindy Fruitrail, strategic partner to the CEO; vice president, system communications and public affairs

Cindy FruitrailCindy is currently partnering with Interim CEO Dave Murphy to advance Fairview’s strategic plan, lead system initiatives and ensure effective executive communication while a CEO search is being conducted. Cindy has been with Fairview since 1998. She first worked in Human Resources with Fairview Home Care and Hospice and then held a variety of corporate communications roles. Since 2010, she has provided leadership to the Fairview Communications and Public Affairs team and has accountability for internal communications, media relations, donor communications and public affairs initiatives. Cindy holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Patrick Herson, MD, president, Fairview Medical Group

Patrick HersonPatrick provides physician administrative leadership for all strategic and operational aspects of Fairview Medical Group (FMG), including oversight of clinical quality and population health infrastructure. He also serves as FMG senior executive medical director. Patrick joined Fairview in 2010 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, where he was vice president and medical director. He has more than 20 years of experience in a range of health care organizations.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College, a doctor of medicine from The Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in health policy, outcomes and quality improvement from Dartmouth Medical School.

Carolyn Jacobson, chief human resources officer

Carolyn Jacobson 120_175As chief human resources officer, Carolyn is responsible for all aspects of human resources, including talent recruitment and performance management, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, training and development and human resources administration. She also serves as vice president of Human Resources Shared Services. Carolyn joined Fairview in 2008 from Honeywell where she was global organizational effectiveness leader. She has worked in organizational development and leadership training for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Alistair Jacques, chief information officer

Alistair_JacquesAlistair ensures the strategic and effective management of electronic health record and business systems that are increasingly critical to the health care experience. Alistair joined Fairview in 2014 with more than 30 years of information technology experience in the United States and the United Kingdom. Before joining Fairview, he held a variety of IT leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group, where he worked for more than 10 years. Before that, he was with Cargill, Northwest Airlines, Ernst & Young, Shearson Lehman and Barclays Bank. Alistair holds an undergraduate degree in business studies from Manchester University, England. He has been featured in several industry publications and has served on numerous university, industry and nonprofit boards and organizations.

Beth Thomas, DO, interim chief medical officer

Beth ThomasBeth is responsible for improving communication and collaboration among employed, academic and independent physicians/advanced practice providers across Fairview and driving improvements leading to better clinical outcomes for our patients. From 1993-2010, Beth was a general surgeon and physician leader at the former Fairview Red Wing Health Services. Since 2010, she has provided physician leadership at Fairview Ridges Hospital as vice president of medical affairs and then the South Region. Beth has continued her general surgical practice with Surgical Consultants in Burnsville. Beth earned her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at New Britain General Hospital, University of Connecticut.

Mark F. Thomas, president, senior services

Thomas_Mark_headhshotMark is responsible for the overall vision, mission and strategic direction of Ebenezer as well as home care and senior services at Fairview. His areas of responsibility include management and financial oversight of Ebenezer’s operating entities, including skilled-nursing facilities, assisted living, senior housing, management and marketing services, campus development and church relations. He oversees Fairview Home Care and Hospice, Fairview Partners and senior services. Prior to joining Ebenezer in 1988 as president and chief executive officer, Mark was vice president of operations for Rehabilitative Specialists and regional director of operations for Beverly Enterprises, both in Minneapolis. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s of business administration degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Mark continued post-graduate work in long-term care administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a nursing facility administrators license in the state of Minnesota. Mark was chair of the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance (MHHA) and member of the organization’s executive committee. He chaired MHHA’s government affairs steering committee and served as a member of the imperative steering committee. Mark also was an American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging delegate and National Chronic Care Consortium board member. Mark was the recipient of the 2005 Carl Plateau Courageous Leadership Award given by Fairview Health Services.

Trudi Noel Trysla, chief legal counsel

Trudi_Trysla_headshotTrudi develops Fairview’s overall legal strategy and leads Fairview’s legal and ethical adherence to federal and state law and health care public policy. She oversees Fairview’s legal and risk management functions. Trudi was named general counsel in February 2014. Trudi has more than 20 years of legal experience in health care. She joined Fairview in 2008 as associate general counsel. Prior to joining Fairview, Trudi served as senior legal counsel at Medtronic, Inc.; as legal counsel for Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minn.; and as an attorney in private practice. Trudi earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska. She is licensed to practice in Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the Minnesota Bar Association’s Health Law Governing Council. Trudi also is active on various Fairview boards and community boards, including the Fairview Pharmacy Board, the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics and the Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation. She is a frequent lecturer on health care topics, including accountable care organizations and models.
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