2022 Health Care Heroes: Surgeon leads M Health Fairview through pandemic – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal – The Business Journals


Dr. Gregory Beilman is associate dean for Department of Defense Research and Partnerships at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was previously senior vice president for acute operations at M Health Fairview, where he continues to practice as a surgeon and intensivist.
A retired colonel in the Army Reserves, Beilman served as co-leader for M Health Fairview’s Covid-19 Incident Command Center at the height of the pandemic. Under his leadership, St. Paul’s Bethesda Hospital was converted in just 72 hours to serve only Covid-19 patients. The hospital subsequently reported a 70% ICU survival rate for its patients, one of the highest in the country.
As the pandemic continues, Beilman has worked to improve patient hospital care, share knowledge and develop caregiver support programs. He also facilitated more than 20 clinical trials related to Covid-19 treatments and worked to implement a plan for how the health care system would respond to vacillating numbers of Covid patients.
What Beilman has accomplished under challenging circumstances will have a positive impact on Minnesota’s health care infrastructure for years to come.
Hot topic in my field: How to care for Covid-19 patients and others who require urgent health care
Best stress reliever: Renovating my vacation home
What has been your biggest professional accomplishment? Serving as co-leader, with Linda Wick, of the M Health Fairview Covid command center
Looking back at the challenges of the past year, what was a bright spot? Watching the members of our system teams come together to effectively collaborate to provide outstanding patient care
What was the biggest challenge or low point? October 2021: Realizing that a Covid wave was coming again — for the fourth time!
What was a key takeaway from the past year that will guide your perspective and/or actions going forward? The importance of data to help inform decisions, the importance of making needed decisions despite inadequate data, willingness to reconsider decisions based on changes in situation
Associate dean for Department of Defense Research and Partnerships, University of Minnesota Medical School
Education: Medical school and residency, University of Kansas; ICU Fellowship, University of Minnesota
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