Former Fairview Leader Carl Platou Dies at 88

The Wayzata resident was an influential figure in Minnesota’s health-care sector and is known for transforming Fairview from a single hospital to a multi-hospital system.

Carl Platou, who led Fairview Health Services for nearly 40 years, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer, according to a Star Tribune report. Platou was 88.

Platou transformed Fairview from a small hospital in downtown Minneapolis to a system that now includes eight hospitals and 42 primary care clinics. The hospital system employs more than 22,000 in Minnesota.

After retiring as CEO of Fairview in 1989, Platou reportedly helped develop a master’s program in health-care administration at the University of St. Thomas. The Wayzata resident also spearheaded an effort to raise funds to develop the Center for Biomedical Research at the University of Minnesota.

“He was one of the greatest visionaries that you could ever hope to meet,” Paul Olson, former president of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation, told the Star Tribune. “But he knew how to make those visions become a reality by enlisting the movers and shakers who could make it happen. He could get them to buy into his dream and make it happen.”

Platou was inducted into Twin Cities Business’ Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2009.

To read his obituary in the Star Tribune, click here.