Terry Brandt

Terry Brandt

MANKATO — Following the arrival of a new regional vice president in June, Mayo Clinic Health System has announced the hiring of the other half of its leadership team in southwestern Minnesota.

Terry Brandt, who has 38 years of experience at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, will step in as the region’s chair of administration during the next several weeks.

Brandt will take over for Rich Grace, who has plans to retire at the end of the year after 40 years with Mayo Clinic.

Once settled in, Brandt will work alongside new Regional Vice President Dr. James Hebl in overseeing outcomes and financials for the six hospitals and 22 clinics in Mayo's southwestern Minnesota region. Brandt will be seen as the administrative leader, while Hebl is the physician lead for the region. 

Brandt now works as associate administrator for practice operations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He's twice received the Mayo Excellence Through Teamwork Award and is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He said his experience with the health system should lend itself well to this new challenge.

“It’s really something that will allow me to draw on a lot of my background and experiences, and leverage the broader Mayo network for the betterment of this region,” he said.

Previous experience working with Hebl could also help with the transition. The two frequently crossed paths over a four-year stretch in Rochester Mayo’s anesthesia department.

“I’m very much looking forward to and am excited to work with Terry in this new partnership,” Hebl said.

He described Mayo’s leadership structure — pairing a physician and administrator at the top — as an effective approach.

“That partnership makes us very unique and we attribute a lot of that success to that very strong partnership between physician practice and administrative practice,” he said.

Brandt, who plans to relocate to the area with his wife, will transition to the new role during the next four to six weeks.

Regarding the upcoming opportunity, Brandt said he’s excited to settle into the Mankato area.

“I’m thrilled to be here, both at Mayo Clinic but also in the community," he said. "Mankato is a vibrant community, and as a visitor to here I’ve always enjoyed my time here."

From the Montevideo area, he said he's also looking forward to getting out in the smaller communities that make up the region. 

“A lot of learning in my future, but I’m really excited about it,” he said. “I have a lot of people to meet and a lot to learn.”

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