The CEO of Allina Health will retire at the end of 2021.
After working for the company for decades, Dr. Penny Wheeler announced his retirement on Thursday as the chief executive officer of the healthcare system. She will remain on the board of directors.
“From the day I was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, my journey has been inseparable from Allina Health,” Wheeler said in a statement. “This is a journey of a lifetime, and I am full of gratitude and pride for what we have achieved in serving others together over the years.”
Allina’s board appointed Lisa Shannon, currently president and chief operating officer, as Wheeler’s successor.
Wheeler served as a doctor before assuming leadership positions, including as President of Abbott Northwestern, Chief Medical Officer, and then as CEO in 2014. Wheeler is the first doctor and the first woman to serve as the CEO of Allina Health.
“Penny has left an indelible mark on our organization. Her legacy of leading systemic changes to better support holistic care, diversity, fairness and inclusiveness, and payment model reforms will continue to make the communities we serve Benefits in the future,” said Deb Schoneman, Chairman of Allina Health’s board of directors.
Shannon’s healthcare career began as a nutritionist on the Burns and Trauma team in Dayton, Ohio. She has held leadership positions at OhioHealth Corporation in Columbus, Ohio; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Catholic Health Programs in KentuckyOne Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Shannon became President of Allina Health in 2020.