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Great River Health Foundation Names Executive Director

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Great River Health has chosen southeast Iowa native Jason Hutcheson to be executive director of the health system’s new Great River Heath Foundation.

“The goal of the foundation is to make our vision of empowering people, transforming lives and fulfilling dreams a reality in the communities we serve,” said Matt Wenzel, president and CEO, Great River Health. “We believe Jason is the person to help us realize this vision.”

Hutcheson will begin working with the foundation’s new 17-member board on March 7. Together, they will further develop the foundation’s mission and goals.

Hutcheson holds degrees in finance and real estate from the University of Northern Iowa. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at St. Ambrose University. He launched his career as executive director of Louisa Development Group. He became economic development director of the Greater Burlington Partnership, then president and CEO. While at the Partnership, he was a visible advocate for local business issues and a catalyst for community projects.

As co-host of one of the nation’s leading podcasts on community development, Hutcheson is often invited to deliver presentations on leadership, strategic planning and regional economic development throughout the Midwest.

“Jason Hutcheson is a proven leader in economic development,” Wenzel said. “His skills, combined with his commitment to improving the southeast Iowa region, make him a great match for the health system’s newest endeavor to help our communities.”