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St. Luke’s CEO and COO Assume New Leadership Roles

Jul 05, 2014 08:52PM ● By MED Magazine

Peter Thoreen, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s, has been recognized by UnityPoint Health as an outstanding leader and due to his experience, he has been asked to take on additional responsibilities for the system. Effective July 1, Thoreen will assume the additional role of interim CEO for the system’s newest affiliate, Meriter Health Services, while they conduct a search for a permanent CEO.

“It’s an honor to step into this role, but I want to reiterate my commitment to the local Siouxland community. I plan to be in this interim role for a approximately six months. During this time I will remain the CEO of UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s and my intention is to return to St. Luke’s on a full-time basis following the placement of a new leader at Meriter,” says Thoreen.

While Thoreen balances the responsibilities of both organizations, the executive team at St. Luke’s will be asked to assume greater roles. The most notable change is that Lynn Wold, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Chief Operating Officer, will assume the responsibilities of interim President for St. Luke’s. He will ensure that the organization is focused on fulfilling its commitment to its physicians, staff, patients and the community.

“I have full confidence that Lynn will serve the organization well in his role as interim President. He has been with our organization for 11 years and proven himself to be an effective leader. Over the next six months, I will continue to work closely with Lynn to ensure we achieve St. Luke’s 2014 strategic initiatives for Sioux City,” says Thoreen.

The shared leadership taking place over the next six months is a dynamic example of how the affiliates of UnityPoint Health work together to provide support and share experience. Working together builds a strong system and it’s an honor to have two St. Luke’s leaders assume larger roles to support the system.


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UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s offers a vast network of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals committed to coordinating care to meet the individual needs of our patients. St. Luke’s is one of the region’s most patient and family-centered hospitals, delivering innovative care to communities in the tri-state area including Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  St. Luke’s treats more than 77,000 patients annually, coordinating care from the doctor’s office to the hospital and back home through St. Luke’s, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home.

Using a team approach, the physicians and specialists of UnityPoint Clinic are committed to helping patients manage their health. Through more than 48,000 patient visits annually and with services including family practice, general and vascular surgery, pulmonary and critical care, occupational medicine, nephrology and cardiology, UnityPoint Clinic is focused on getting patients healthy sooner and keeping them healthy.

For patients who need additional care at home, UnityPoint at Home provides services and equipment including nursing care, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation, home medical equipment and supplies. The UnityPoint at Home team, which includes registered nurses certified in chronic care management, work with each patient to find the right home care solution based on their unique needs.

Through our mission to improve the lives of the people of Siouxland, UnityPoint  Health– St. Luke’s, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home work together to ensure the best outcome for every patient, every time.

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Meriter Health Services is a nationally recognized health system comprised of Meriter Medical Group, offering primary and specialty care; Meriter Hospital, a nonprofit 448 bed community hospital; and Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation. Meriter is a 2013 recipient of the National Research Corporations’ coveted Innovative Best Practice award, Top Rated Adult Doctors award and Top Rated Pediatric Doctors award. Meriter provides a comprehensive array of patient-focused inpatient and outpatient services to meet the health needs of Dane County. For more information, visit



UnityPoint Health is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Its physician-led team of professionals communicates clearly and effectively to address a patient’s health care in the most appropriate setting: whether that is a clinic, a hospital or services provided within the home. Through relationships with more than 280 physician clinics, 31 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities and home care services throughout its 8 regions, UnityPoint Health provides care throughout Iowa and Central and Western Illinois.


UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 24,000 employees, working toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time. Each year, through more than 4 million patient visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home provide a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. With annual revenues of $2.8 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America. UnityPoint Health provides community benefit programs and services to improve the health of people in its communities.