Minnesota Hospital Association


January 28, 2020

Dr. Rahul Koranne named new Minnesota Hospital Association president and CEO

Rahul Koranne, M.D., MBA, FACP, has been named president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). Koranne has served as MHA’s senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer since 2015. As MHA’s first chief medical officer, he increased the engagement of the association’s member clinicians, staff and leaders across the state in the collaborative work that hospitals and health systems do to improve the quality of health care.

“Rahul’s experience includes leadership in both a large health system and one of Minnesota’s smallest critical access hospitals,” said Sara Criger, MHA board chair; senior vice president, Allina Health; and president, Mercy Hospital and United Hospital. “In addition, Rahul brings the leadership qualities the board of directors was seeking as well as a deep commitment to our mission of improving the health of Minnesotans. He will accelerate the association’s strong collaboration with other health care stakeholders in Minnesota.” 

“Transforming the delivery of health care will require innovative partnerships not only among health care providers, payers and state and federal government, but also with other key stakeholders, such as employers and community service organizations,” Koranne said. “We owe this to the people we serve and to the dedicated people who work hard every day in health care, from front-line care teams to senior leaders. I am excited to advance the work of Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems to make Minnesota the very best state in the country in which to receive and provide health care.” 

Koranne has been active in leading health care transformation at a statewide level since 2008, serving on multiple committees and task forces. On a national level, he served on an American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board representing Minnesota. Since joining MHA, Koranne led several statewide collaborative efforts, including partnering with the Department of Human Services to improve the quality of care for mental and behavioral health patients; the Department of Health to launch the Health Care and Law Enforcement Coalition to improve care for individuals involved with law enforcement; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement a multiyear patient safety improvement program, earning Minnesota recognition from CMS as a high-performing state for health care. 

Koranne has 20 years of health care experience spanning the entire continuum of care. Prior to joining MHA in 2015, he was a vice president with HealthEast Care System. From 2000 to 2005, he served the residents of Starbuck, Minnesota, as a primary care physician at Minnewaska Regional Health System. 

Koranne is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, where he received his MBA in 2008. He earned his medical degree at the University of Delhi in India and completed his residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York, Brooklyn, and his fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Minnesota. 

He serves on the boards of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Minnesota Zoo and Ecumen. 

Koranne succeeds Lawrence Massa, who retired in September 2019 and passed away in November 2019. Massa led the association for nearly 11 years. 

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.  

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