HealthEast Care System Selects Next CEO

Kathryn Correia will succeed longtime HealthEast leader Tim Hanson, who will retire in January.

HealthEast Care System on Wednesday announced the selection of Kathryn Correia as its next president and CEO.

Correia will succeed Tim Hanson, who in April announced plans to retire in January-after 39 years at the health system, which operates Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul; St. John's Hospital in Maplewood; St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul; and Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury.

Correia will work closely with Hanson during an orientation period prior to officially taking the reins in January.

Correia has more than three decades of health care leadership experience and joins HealthEast from Appleton, Wisconsin-based ThedaCare, Inc., where she has served as senior vice president of ThedaCare and president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. Prior to her tenure at ThedaCare, she worked at several other hospitals and health systems, including Hennepin County Medical Center.

“Kathryn was chosen as the new leader of HealthEast based on her proven track record of passion for patient quality and safety and innovative care,” HealthEast Chairman Fred Harris said in a statement. “The board believes she will make . . . a good fit with the culture of HealthEast. We are excited and confident that she will provide the visionary and courageous leadership necessary to successfully guide HealthEast into a new world of health care delivery.”

HealthEast is a nonprofit health care organization with 7,300 employees, 1,200 volunteers, and 1,400 physicians on staff.