Hospital CEO field narrowed to two

    The two finalists for the position of president and chief executive officer of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will return to Northfield next week for a final round of interviews.

    Mark Henke, a hospital administrator for Sanford Hospital Luverne in Luverne, Minn., and David Graebner, a vice president for Western Wisconsin Services for Regions Hospital/HealthPartners Medical Group in St. Paul, Minn., are scheduled to meet for a second time with the executive search committee appointed by the hospital board of directors. They will also meet the hospital board members, medical staff, hospital staff, the hospital management team, the Northfield City Council and community members during their time here.

      The two are being considered for the position currently held by longtime president and CEO Ken Bank; he is planning to retire in 2010. The search committee invited five candidates from a pool of nearly 60 applicants for interviews in November. Henke and Graebner were selected for return visits.

     The search committee timetable calls for a recommendation to be in front of the board of directors for its consideration on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The new CEO would begin work with Northfield Hospital & Clinics around April 1.

    Each of the two candidates will meet with the hospital board and Northfield City Council for introductions and dialogue during their visits. These are public meetings, and the public is invited to attend.

    The schedule for the Hospital Board – City Council meetings is:

Mark Henke, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Conference Center, Northfield Hospital and

David Graebner, Thursday, Dec. 17, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Conference Center, Northfield Hospital.

    Mark Henke has been the chief executive officer for Luverne’s 25-bed hospital since 2006. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer for Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa (2001-2006), chief clinic administrator for Mayo Health System and a regional administrator for the Mayo-affiliated medical center in LaCrosse. He is a 1981 graduate of St. Olaf College and received an MBA from Northern Illinois University in 1986.

David Graebner has worked for Regions Hospital/HealthPartners Medical Group since 1999. Until June of this year, he served as Vice President of Operations (Regions Hospital) and of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedics, Pathology Division (HealthPartners Medical Group) where he had oversight over a number of hospital ambulatory services as well as physician practices and clinic services. In June of this year, he assumed responsibility for leading service integration between newly acquired Hudson Hospital and Westfields Hospital into HealthPartners/Regions Hospital.

Prior to his work at Regions Hospital and HealthPartners, Graebner worked for Fairview Health System. He is a 1982 graduate of the College of St. Scholastica and received an MBA in 1991 from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.