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Mayo CAO wins health award

Published 10:12am Monday, April 21, 2014

A local health administrator was recently rewarded for his efforts.


Steve Waldhoff, chief administrative officer at Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin, received the Senior Healthcare Executive Regents Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives for his dedication and commitment to health care.

Waldhoff has been the chief administrative officer at Albert Lea and Austin for the past 17 years, and he’s been with the organization for 30 years. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Central Michigan University.

Mark Ciota, M.D., CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin said Waldhoff has been an important leadership team member for many years.

“We are very fortunate to have Steve on our leadership team,” Ciota said in a press release. “He has provided excellent administrative leadership overseeing many major changes and continuous improvements throughout the years. He truly embodies the ideals of servant leadership and community involvement. We will continue to rely on his expertise as we navigate through health care reform.”

Stephen Pribyl, CEO at District One Hospital in Faribault, presented the Regents award to Waldhoff on March 7 at the Minnesota Hospital Association Executive Leadership Institute meeting in Minneapolis.

“I was honored to present Steve this award due to his long standing commitment and service to the College,” Pribyl said in a press release. “In addition, Steve’s involvement in the Minnesota Hospital Association and local civic activities show his commitment to community. Having worked with Steve in Albert Lea for several years, we became and remain friends and he is a wonderful mentor.”

Each year the Minnesota Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives presents three awards, one of which is for the Senior Health Care Executive.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems, and other health care organizations. The American College of Healthcare Executives strives to improve health care delivery and advance health care management and excellence through education and research.

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