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Essentia Health announces new leaders

Jeff Korsmo was appointed as Essentia Health's executive vice president of operations and administration, and Dr. Peter Henry has been named Essentia's chief medical officer.

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Dr. Peter Henry

Jeff Korsmo was appointed as Essentia Health's executive vice president of operations and administration, and Dr. Peter Henry has been named Essentia's chief medical officer.

Korsmo has 33 years of experience in health care and most recently served as president and CEO of Kansas-based Via Christi Health.

"Jeff and I worked together at the Mayo Clinic," says Essentia CEO David Herman, MD. "During that time, I developed great respect for his ability to inspire and lead change. He is someone who always puts patients first, and we are very fortunate to have him join our team."

Korsmo earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. John's and a Master of Science in management-finance from Purdue University. As a member of the organization's senior leadership team, Korsmo will help lead efforts to improve patient care and advance opportunities to enhance quality, safety and service.

Dr. Henry served as a physician at Essentia for the past 18 years, both in family medicine and emergency services. He was director of the Emergency Department at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for four years before becoming chief medical officer of Essentia's central region three years ago.

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"It's a challenging job and exciting job, and I'm pleased that Dr. Henry has agreed to take on this role," says Dr. Herman.

Along with his new duties as system-wide chief medical officer, Henry will continue as the central region chief medical officer. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed his residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals in Saginaw, Mich.

Henry oversees all aspects of clinical work and is responsible for ensuring quality, safety and regulatory compliance.

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Jeff Korsmo

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