Northfield Hospital & Clinics selects new CEO

    Mark Henke, a hospital administrator for Sanford Hospital Luverne in Luverne, Minn., is the choice of the Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors to be the next president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the organization.

    Acting on the recommendation of the executive search committee, the board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to extend an offer to Henke.

    “We were impressed with Mark’s background and prior experience and the degree to which he met our criteria for the position,” said John Lundblad, board chair and also chair of the search committee. “He has a broad background in health care administration, an understanding of the special relationships the hospital and clinics have with the communities they serve, and an appreciation for the unique culture of both Northfield and the hospital organization.”

    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.
    If he accepts the position, Henke will succeed longtime president and CEO Ken Bank, who is planning to retire in 2010. Henke would assume his new responsibilities around April 1.