Thought Leader, Leadership II

Kenneth H. Paulus, MHA/MHM

Owner and Chief Executive Officer
ReferenceHealth


Mr. Kenneth H. Paulus, is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of ReferenceHealth. He also serves as Senior Advisor at Vestar Capital Partners, Inc. Mr. Paulus serves as an Executive Advisor at Water Street Healthcare Partners.

He was the former Chief Executive Officer of Allina Health System, Inc. (also known as Allina Hospitals & Clinics) from June 2009 to December 31, 2014, and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer since July 2008. He served for 10 years at Allina Health System. He was responsible for Allina’s system-wide operations strategy to advance the goal of providing optimal access, high reliability, and healing interactions to all patients. He was also responsible for the operations of Allina’s 11 hospitals, specialty operations, and clinic groups, the Allina Medical Clinic and Aspen Medical Group. He also led numerous growth initiatives, including a number of joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions.

Prior to Allina Health System, Ken served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrius Health System. Before joining Atrius Health System, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health One Care System and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Partners Community HealthCare Inc., Partners HealthCare System, and Alta Bates Medical Resources in Berkeley, California.

He has been a Member of Board of Managers at Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc., since November 19, 2015, and serves as the Director of the Minnesota Hospital Association and Healthgrades. He serves as a Trustee with Hamline University.

Mr. Paulus received a Master in Healthcare Administration and Management from the University of Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Augustana College.

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