15 Minutes


Resides: Marshalltown

Hometown: Primghar


Family: My mother is Pat Wright. I have a brother, Michael, and a sister, Ashley.

Pets: A dog named Nile.

Hobbies and interests: Physical fitness, such as “running, bicycling and “Cross Fit” training. Additionally, I enjoy pheasant hunting, fishing, and University of Iowa football.


Occupation: President, UnityPoint Health — Marshalltown.

What that means: Provide strategic direction and optimal patient care delivery for health system in Marshalltown while acting as community liaison.

Tenure: One month

Best part of job: Hearing patients and families say how fortunate we are to have health care services delivered locally with an experience exceeding our patients expectations.

If I could change jobs I would be a: Family Medicine physician. I have had the opportunity to work with many family medicine physicians and have always been jealous of the deep relationships they create with patients and families.


Books: “The Energy Bus,” by Jon Gordon. A simple read but so many great leadership principles. I have read this book several times.

Favorite television series: “Seinfeld”

Foods: Spaghetti and meatballs

Sports: Iowa Hawkeyes


Best part of living here: Elmwood Country Club

Most influential person: By far my father. His work ethic was second to none and he never expected a handout, but was fair and humble.

Local involvement: Marshalltown Rotary Club

Advice on life: I have been extremely blessed to have a career I love and can make an impact. However, that did not happen without some re-direction in life and not being afraid to make a change. I have always found it extremely beneficial to have mentors in my life and most importantly, a close group of friends and family members to help balance my career and personal life.


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