Mayo Clinic administrator named Via Christi Health president and CEO
WICHITA, Kan. (June 27, 2011) – Via Christi Health today named Jeffrey Korsmo as its president and CEO. The announcement was made by David Strohm, chair of the Via Christi Health Board of Trustees. Korsmo comes to Wichita from the Mayo Clinic where he has spent 28 years in leadership roles including chief administrative officer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and chief financial officer of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and Rochester. He has also served as executive director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center. Most recently, he has led a strategic international project for Mayo Clinic.
Korsmo is expected to begin his duties in early September.
He has worked closely with physicians to lead an initiative to ensure that care delivery processes were focused around the needs of the patient. He also led administrative cost reduction efforts and clinical quality improvement initiatives across the Mayo system.
“Jeff Korsmo brings hands-on experience in transforming the delivery of health care in a patient-centered, physician-led model,” says Strohm. “The Board of Trustees is confident that he will help advance Via Christi Health’s commitment to quality, innovation and growth in a challenging time for health care.”
Korsmo earned a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis in Finance from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He and his wife Jenny have two daughters, one in Minneapolis and another attending the University of California at Berkeley.
“In health care, the patient comes first,” says Korsmo. “This must be our guiding philosophy in the care we are delivering now and as we develop new models of care delivery to create greater value for the health care consumer.”
Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2010, it provided more than $82.8 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor.