New Unity Hospital president named

The search for a new Unity Hospital president is over. Helen Strike recently accepted the position and is tentatively scheduled to be on site and begin her new role in early October.

Helen Strike
Helen Strike

Complemented by her background in nursing and executive leadership, Strike has more than 25 years of experience in national and international health care.

While she has lived and worked in Singapore, China and Canada, her most recent position was with Navigant in Chicago, Ill., where she consulted with hospitals to improve patient care, satisfaction and processes.

Prior to this role, Strike worked as the chief nursing officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, where she served as an executive team member for the hospital while also leading several service lines across HealthEast.

She has also served as chief nursing officer at Fairview Ridges Hospital and was the director of cardiovascular clinical services at Regions Hospital.

Her strong patient care background, ability to partner and lead multidisciplinary teams, extensive experience developing and leading clinical programs and commitment to ensuring excellence in outcomes for patients made her the clear choice as the new president for Unity Hospital, according to Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital and interim president of Unity Hospital.

“Helen’s creative energy, visionary spirit and partnering style with physicians, leaders and staff were themes that came through her interviews,” Criger.

“Her passion for excellent patient care and desire to create a supportive and empowering atmosphere for all caregivers and staff make her a wonderful fit for Unity Hospital.”

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