November 10th, 2017
Great River Health Systems today announced Matthew Wenzel will become president and chief executive officer Tuesday, Jan. 2. He will succeed Mark Richardson, who has held the position since 1997.
Wenzel worked at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City from 2006 to 2017. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Saint Luke’s North Hospital, a two-campus hospital with a combined 159 beds. He had been CEO of Hedrick Medical Center, another health system facility, where he led the planning, design and construction of a new hospital.
“Choosing a new leader to carry on Great River Health Systems’ mission is a significant decision,” said Dan Wiedemeier, board chairman. “We chose Matt Wenzel because he demonstrates excellent interpersonal relationships with employees combined with strong leadership skills. Changes in health care are increasingly challenging, and he is a good fit to meet those challenges.”
Wenzel received a bachelor’s degree in biology-pre-medicine from the University of Missouri in 2001, and concurrent Master of Health Administration and Master of Science-Healthcare Informatics degrees from the university in 2004. Before joining Saint Luke’s Health System, Wenzel was marketing manager of physician solutions at Cerner Corporation, the health information technology company that provides Great River Health Systems’ electronic medical records system.
Wenzel is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the boards of directors of YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the economic development councils of Parkville, Clay County and Platte County, Missouri.
Wenzel and his wife, Andrea, have four children.