EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — After nearly 36 years of service, Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System for northwest Wisconsin, is retiring at the end of April.
Dr. Linton has served in his current capacity as president and CEO for the past 15 years. Prior to that, he served as a pediatrician for more than 20 years. Dr. Linton announced his retirement plans in September 2016.
“During my career, I have had the honor of providing health care to young children and watching them grow into adults,” Dr. Linton says. “I also had the honor of being a part of establishing Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin and watching it develop into one of the region’s leading health care organizations. I am truly grateful for a very rewarding career. Today, the organization is positioned to continue to meet the needs of our patients well into the future. It’s a good time to transition out of this leadership role, and I know the mission and vision of Mayo Clinic will continue to be upheld.”
Under Dr. Linton’s tenure as president and CEO, he served as a champion of quality improvement initiatives, along with a deep commitment to creating an integrated health care system. Dr. Linton’s efforts ushered in the implementation of the Mayo Model of Community Care to improve quality and cost effectiveness of community-based care. He was an ardent supporter of the Hometown Health Grant Program, which supports innovative efforts to improve the health of the community, along with developing a partnership with the Eau Claire YMCA for initiatives, such as Camp Wabi, a program designed for teens who struggle with weight issues. He helped establish the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program to train primary care physicians in northwest Wisconsin, with the first class of five residents to begin their residency this summer in Eau Claire. Over the decades, Dr. Linton was a frequent leader and volunteer for numerous community causes, including United Way, Bolton Refuge House, Downtown Eau Claire, Inc., Eau Claire YMCA, Eau Claire Children’s Museum and the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.
“Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin has thrived under Dr. Linton’s leadership,” says Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic. “He and his team have built an organization that is a health care leader within the region, with a strong patient focus, sound business practices and clear emphasis on serving communities in the region. He leaves northwest Wisconsin well-positioned for the future, and we thank him for his many years of outstanding service.”
Dr. Linton’s successor is Richard Helmers, M.D., who will hold the title of regional vice president, northwest Wisconsin region, to better align with other similar job titles and organizational structures within Mayo Clinic.
“I have complete confidence we will have a seamless leadership transition,” says Dr. Linton. “Dr. Helmers and I share a similar, progressive health care vision, and he has a deep understanding of Mayo Clinic. In addition, Dr. Helmers has extensive leadership experience, which will be a great asset to employees and patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin.”
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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.
Press ContactKristin Everett