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Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jon Pryor Makes Surprise Resignation

Under his six-year tenure, Pryor oversaw the completion of a massive new clinic in Minneapolis, as well as an ongoing controversy over an emergency services practice.

Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jon Pryor Makes Surprise Resignation
Hennepin Healthcare EMS. (Photo by Tony Webster).

The CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System, Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA, announced on Tuesday that he was stepping down, after nearly six years on the job.

In an official statement, Pryor did not give a reason for his resignation, simply saying, “It has been an honor to lead this outstanding organization for the past six years. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such passionate, mission-driven people who are so thoroughly committed to caring for our community.”

However, the Star Tribune reported that in an internal e-mail to colleagues, Pryor wrote, “this is the right time for me to make a transition to the next chapter of my life.”

Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare in April 2013. He is credited with leading the expansion of the system’s clinic network through opening clinics in new markets and renovating and expanding existing clinics.

One specific development during Pryor’s tenure was the construction of a six-story, 377,000-square-foot Clinic and Specialty Center. Opened last year, the center consolidated most of the system’s downtown Minneapolis campus clinics into one facility. Also under Pryor, Hennepin Healthcare absorbed MVNA in 2015, adding home care and hospice to Hennepin Healthcare’s services.

Pryor also helped spearhead Hennepin Healthcare’s recent rebranding. The hospital system changed its name from Hennepin County Medical Center, or HCMC, to Hennepin Healthcare System.

“We are grateful to Dr. Pryor for leading us through this period of growth,” said Hennepin Healthcare board chair Sheila Riggs. “He is an innovator who helped the organization reconnect with the community and Hennepin Healthcare System is stronger today because of his leadership.”

However, Pryor’s successor will inherit financial challenges the hospital is facing. County Commissioner Jan Callison said it ran a deficit in 2018 and is expected to again this year.

The next CEO will also have to see the company through ongoing investigations into the use of sedatives on patients by field paramedics responding to a scene.

Amid these challenges, the search for Hennepin Healthcare’s CEO will begin later this month.  This week, the system’s board of directors will meet to consider John Cumming as its acting chief executive.

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