Penny Wheeler, MD, became the president and chief executive officer of Allina Health in 2015. Dr. Wheeler sets the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, focusing on ensuring that the organization delivers exceptional care and supports the health and well-being of all those served.
Under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership, Allina Health has sharpened its focus on serving those who have not always been well-served by the health care system, including individuals with disabilities through the creation of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; those with mental illness and addiction issues through significant investments in Allina Health’s mental health capabilities.
Dr. Wheeler serves on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care, St. Thomas University, the University of Minnesota Foundation, and is the incoming chair of the American Hospital Association’s System Council.
Modern Healthcare recognized Dr. Wheeler as one of the top 25 women in health care. In 2018 she received an award as one of the 100 most influential people in health care and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential clinical executives.