EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System is pleased to announce that Michael Morrey has been selected as the new regional chair of Administration for northwest Wisconsin. Morrey will succeed John Dickey, chief administrative officer, who is retiring Jan. 15, 2017.
“I thank John Dickey for his extraordinary leadership over the last 21 years,” says Dr. Randall Linton, president and CEO for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “He played a major role in positioning the northwest Wisconsin region as a leader in health care while ensuring the needs of our patients always come first. I will miss working with him, but the organization is in a good position to continue the work he has started. I wish him well in retirement.
“We are excited to welcome Michael Morrey to Mayo Clinic Health System. I’m confident that he has the leadership, skills and vision to build upon and uphold Mayo Clinic’s primary value: the needs of the patient come first.”
Morrey currently is vice president of operations for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He is no stranger to the Mayo Clinic family, having held a number of leadership positions at Mayo Clinic in Rochester over the course of 20 years. Most recently, Morrey was associate administrator of Clinic Operations Support Services, where he was responsible for administrative leadership of Mayo Clinic’s multidisciplinary practice comprising more than 55 subspecialties, employee and community health, primary care and home health care. Previously, Morrey oversaw the transplant center, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery and Urology, and served as manager of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.
Morrey holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
“I look forward to working with providers and staff across northwest Wisconsin in continuing Mayo Clinic Health System’s tradition of excellent, community-based care,” says Morrey. “I am very excited to be a part of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin."
Morrey will partner with Dr. Linton to provide organizational leadership and direction. He will be responsible for the overall performance of northwest Wisconsin operations, including quality, safety, service, financial performance and strategic planning.
Jeff Bolton, chief administrative officer, Mayo Clinic, says, “The regional chair of Administration will play a vital role in working with physician leaders to help fulfill the mission and strategic objectives of Mayo Clinic. Michael Morrey is well-positioned for this role, bringing excellent strategic insight, broad experience and strong working relationships. We are pleased to welcome Michael to this role. His proven experience and ability to form strong working relationships will make him an effective partner in helping to fulfill Mayo’s Clinic’s mission and strategic objectives.”
Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic, says, “We are delighted to have an individual of Michael Morrey’s talent and experience in this pivotal role. Working closely with Dr. Linton, he will help drive Mayo Clinic’s continued efforts to transform the community practice and provide unmatched patient care in the northwest Wisconsin region.”
Mark Koch, chief administrative officer, Mayo Clinic Health System, adds, “Michael Morrey has the skills and capabilities to help lead our efforts to enhance Mayo Clinic’s presence and reputation in the northwest Wisconsin communities we serve.”
The selection committee was comprised of representatives from several departments and practices of Mayo Clinic, and considered recommendations from regional and enterprise representatives. The committee focused on finding a leader with progressive health care vision, extensive leadership experience, and a deep understanding of Mayo Clinic.
The next few months will be focused on transitioning Morrey into the new position beginning in November. Morrey will work closely with Dickey and Dr. Linton to ensure a smooth transition of leadership responsibilities.
In this transition, the title of the position has changed from chief administrative officer to regional chair of Administration, northwest Wisconsin, to better align with other similar job titles and organizational structures within Mayo Clinic.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.