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Jeff Thompson

CEO Emeritus, Gundersen Health System

Dr. JEFF THOMPSON is CEO Emeritus at Gundersen Health System, pediatrician, and author of Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community. 

Jeff’s success in leadership, teaching, and speaking is far-reaching. Most recently, he was CEO of Gundersen Health System for fourteen years responsible for improving quality, lowering cost and rapidly advancing technology. He served a staff of seven thousand, hundreds of thousands of patients, and yearly tried to carefully spent a billion dollars of the community’s money. In a city of 55,000 Gundersen would receive 25,000 applications for positions.

During Dr. Thompson’s tenure, Gundersen Health System and his diverse leadership group has been repeatedly recognized nationally for excellence in better care, lower cost, great work place and connecting with the community. It has earned Healthgrades highest honors: America’s 50 Best Award for 2012 through 2016 and Dr. Thompson was recognized with the White House Champions of Change award in 2013. He spoke in the Blue Zone on behalf of the US State Department during the climate talks, and has spoken at Stanford University, the Harvard School of Economics, the Aspen Institute Spotlight Strategy Group, Santa Fe Institute, Sao Paulo Brazil, Helsinki University, Oxford England and many others. More information and postings are on jeffthompsonmd.com.

Articles by Jeff Thompson
How to Lead with Values
A former health system CEO says it’s “strategically sound” for leaders to define a set of values that they and their organizations will live by because values ultimately help organizations grow. Here's how: More »