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New CEO, president to take helm at Hibbing's Fairview Range Medical Center

The former CEO and president stepped down in February.

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A new president and CEO of Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing has been named.

Jean MacDonell, who has served as the CEO and president of Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital in Grand Rapids since 2019, will head both medical centers starting July 1.

MacDonell replaces Patrick Sharp, who stepped down from his role at Fairview Range in January after accepting a job in Colorado. She has been serving as the interim president and CEO since then.

“I am honored and humbled to have been asked to work with Fairview Range, in addition to my work with Grand Itasca," MacDonell said in a news release.

Both medical centers are wholly owned subsidiaries of Fairview Health Services and have their own board of directors.


"Our organizations were historically competitors, until Grand Itasca joined Fairview in 2017, but over the last few years we’ve done some great work to begin working collaboratively," MacDonell added. "This role allows us to bring the organizations even closer together as partners to better serve our communities.”

MacDonell has worked in health care for 23 years, more than half of which were at Grand Itasca.

“In the time Jean has served in her interim role, she has demonstrated a clear commitment to the communities that Fairview Range and Grand Itasca serve," Fairview Range Board Chair Jessalyn Sabin said in the release.

She graduated from Grand Rapids High School and received her bachelor's degree in health information management from the College of St. Scholastica. She earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.

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