HANCOCK — UP Health System-Portage announced Wednesday that Ryan Heinonen has been named permanent chief executive.
He has served as the hospital’s interim CEO since October.
“We are delighted to welcome Ryan to his new role as CEO of Portage,” said Gar Atchison, market president of UP Health System, of which Portage is a part. “Ryan is an excellent leader in healthcare. He has tremendous clinical expertise coupled with strong operational experience and dedication to this community. We believe he is the right leader to lead Portage into the future.
According to a UPHS press release, Heinonen, a Copper Country native, began his career at Portage as a registered nurse in 2010. He has held several leadership positions over the past 10 years, most recently promoted to the position of head nurse in May 2019.
During his tenure as CNO, Heinonen was responsible for strategic growth and development of key service lines, quality and patient safety, investigation readiness and compliance. Under Heinonen’s leadership, Portage has earned six consecutive Leapfrog A ratings, a five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, accreditation from the American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center, and several other quality awards and achievements.
“In addition to his unique combination of operational and clinical experience, Ryan brings to Portage a true commitment to our hospital, our patients and our community,” said Dr. Timothy Labonte, Chairman of Portage’s Board of Directors in the release. “We are excited to see what Portage will accomplish under Ryan’s leadership and partner with him to create the next chapter of our future.
Heinonen earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing administration, and master’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside these incredible people and to continue to serve the health needs of the community in which I grew up,” said Heinonen. “Portage has a rich history of providing quality care to the people of Copper Country, and I look forward to our next chapter as we continue to seek new and better ways to advance our mission of making communities stronger. healthy.