Mayo Clinic names new health system CEO

Dr. Robert Nesse has been named the new CEO of Mayo Health System.

Nesse, a family-practice physician, becomes CEO of Mayo Health System after seven years as CEO of Franciscan Skemp Healthcare-Mayo Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Mayo Health System includes 70 campuses in southeastern Minnesota, west-central Wisconsin and northern Iowa. The regional medical system employs more than 13,000 people, according to Mayo Clinic.

Franciscan Skemp Healthcare built new clinics in Onalaska and Holmen and implemented a new electronic medical record under Nesse's leadership. He also oversaw the development of new integrated practice models for radiology/cardiology and emergency/urgent care services, Mayo said in making the announcement.

"He has a great deal of experience in quality improvement initiatives and has worked collaboratively across all of Mayo Clinic to improve our practices and operations," the clinic said.


Nesse succeeds Dr. Peter Carryer . Nesse will ease into his new role during a traditional Mayo transition period prior to Carryer's retirement.

Mayo Health System in Minnesota has a $1.3 billion economic impact on the 22-county region it serves, according to Mayo.

Nesse joins a new generation of leaders at Mayo who have taken the helm in the past three years, including Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo's president and national CEO; Shirley Weis, the first nurse chosen as the national chief administrative officer and vice president of Mayo; and Dr. William Rupp, CEO of Mayo in Jacksonville, Fla.

The only top CEO at any Mayo campus who has been in his position longer than Weis is Dr. Victor Trastek at Mayo in Arizona.

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