Mary Ellen Wells, MHA, FACHE



Mary Ellen Wells has more than 35 years of health care leadership experience. Prior to joining C-Suite Resources, she served as a senior executive and CEO of several independent and affiliated hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities within Allina Health, CentraCare Health, and the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic. Most recently, Wells served as the program director dyad leader and senior lecturer for the University of Minnesota’s MHA Program, and she remains involved as an alumni volunteer and lecturer.

Highlights of her career include developing one of the first telemedicine networks in the country, leading collaborative efforts to establish an air ambulance program, serving on the initial board of an innovative healthcare insurance company, establishing one of the first service lines for an integrated health system, and leading the hospital that was the country’s first to implement the Epic medical record. She served on the Governor’s Task Force for Ultraspeed Broadband for Minnesota, is the first recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association’s Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian. Wells was recently recognized with the ACHE Regent’s Award for her contributions to the field of healthcare leadership.

She is very involved in community and educational volunteer efforts, including several boards and foundations that support nonprofit agencies.

Prior to her healthcare career, Mary Ellen was a high school teacher, counselor and an account executive in telecommunications.