September 22, 2016 | 1 p.m.
By Suzanne McInroy, director of communications
Kristi Moline has been named the executive director for the new Center for Healthcare Excellence at Bethel University. Moline, who earned her master’s in business administration from Bethel’s Graduate School in 2015, comes to Bethel from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she worked as the manager of the telehealth program.
“Kristi takes a highly collaborative approach to entrepreneurial work and brings a strong record of building effective relationships within the healthcare marketplace,” says Deb Harless, executive vice president and provost. “I am particularly excited about her clear ability to move something forward from the conceptualization of an idea to the effective implementation of a project or program. “
Part of Bethel’s Strategic Plan, the Center for Healthcare Excellence is an entrepreneurial venture designed to connect Bethel University students and graduates with partners in the healthcare field. “Being a recent graduate of Bethel's MBA program and having nearly a decade of experience in healthcare, I immediately recognized the value Bethel could bring to partners across the healthcare ecosystem,” says Moline. “This is a really progressive undertaking and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it.”
Historically, Bethel has invested in delivering progressive healthcare education, and the university has a reputation for contributing to and impacting the healthcare marketplace. The goal of the Center for Healthcare Excellence is to build stronger internal and external partnerships to benefit Bethel students and the healthcare industry. “Bethel can come alongside healthcare partners and extend a hand as a neutral, well-respected entity to work together to address the current challenges facing the healthcare industry,” says Moline.
The center will include students from a wide range of disciplines—from nursing to communication studies to philosophy. “We want to create meaningful experiences for our students so they are well prepared for healthcare roles,” says Moline.
For the last two years while working at Children’s Minnesota, Moline led the efforts to establish the telehealth program. Previously, she was responsible for the daily operations of the Emergency Medical Services for Children of Minnesota (EMSC); she developed a multi-faceted injury prevention program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis; and she was an owner and partner with Emergency Preparedness Resource Group (EPRG) in Minneapolis, a consulting company that offered emergency preparedness training, planning, and exercises to organizations.
For the past year, Ted Harro, founder of Noonday Ventures, has been serving as the launch director of the Center for Healthcare Excellence. Moline will begin her new role on October 10.