Penny Wheeler


Allina Health




Allina Health’s Penny Wheeler is unique—in a world where neither women nor physicians usually serve as CEOs of major health care organizations, she is both. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Wheeler took over from Ken Paulus as CEO at the beginning of this year, after serving as Allina’s chief clinical officer. After years of leading efforts to make the nonprofit’s clinical structure more efficient and better able to serve the underinsured, Wheeler is using her platform to advocate for a realignment of provider compensation from fee-for-service to outcome-based.