Richard Ostlund, an attorney and native of the northern Minnesota town Walker, has been elected to be the chairman of Fairview Health Services’ board of directors.
The Minneapolis-based nonprofit health care system announced their selection of Ostlund on Wednesday evening.
As a member of the health system’s board since 2013, Ostlund oversaw the selection of James Hereford as Fairview’s president and CEO two years ago. More recently, he helped lead the re-negotiation of Fairview’s new M Health Fairview partnership between Fairview, the University of Minnesota, and University of Minnesota Physicians.
“Rich has been an invaluable member of our board for many years and he has already left a deep impact on health care in our community,” says Hereford. “His election to board chair will further extend that impact and I’m excited for all that we can achieve together.”
Over the years, Ostlund has been a strong advocate of Fairview as the institution was key in saving the life of his granddaughter, Summer.
Toward the end of 2013—and shortly after Ostlund’s addition to the Fairview board—Summer suffered cardiac failure and required a new heart to survive. At the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Summer at the age of five months became one of the youngest recipients of a heart transplant in Minnesota history.
Now, as Summer and her family celebrate the five-year anniversary of her new heart, they also are congratulating “Bumpa Rich” for being named the chair of the system that helped keep her alive.
“Moments like these confirm that a path selected long ago was meant to be,” Ostlund says. “I come to this role gratefully and with a passion to help the dedicated 34,000 people who call this organization home do their very best to provide comfort and health to all those who have the privilege of serving.”
Ostlund is a graduate of the University of Minnesota law school and Saint John’s University in Collegeville. He was named Minnesota Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer in 2009 and now is the senior partner and executive committee member of the law firm Anthony Ostlund Baer and Louwagie.
Beyond Fairview, he is also the director and chair of the University of Minnesota Pediatrics Foundation and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital board. Moreover, he is the chair of the M Health Children’s Health Campaign Committee and a trustee of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, University of Minnesota Foundation, and Saint John’s University.