Mark Richardson

Mark RichardsonPresident and CEO

Great River Health Systems

Mark Richardson is president and CEO of Great River Health Systems, an independent not-for-profit health system based in West Burlington, Iowa.  Richardson has been a hospital CEO for 32 years, having worked in Iowa hospitals for more than 24 years

Great River Health Systems includes:

  • Great River Home Health and Hospice
  • Great River Klein Center, a 160-bed long-term and skilled care facility
  • Great River Medical Center, a 212-bed regional referral center
  • Great River Physicians and Clinics, which integrates more than 120 physicians, nurse anesthetists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners
  • Riverview Systems, a for-profit pharmacy and durable medical equipment subsidiary

He joined Great River Health Systems in 1997. Before this, he was:

  • President and CEO, North County Health Services, Bemidji, Minnesota, 1989 to 1997
  • President, Jane Lamb Health Center, Clinton, Iowa, 1986 to 1989
  • Administrator, DeWitt Community Hospital, DeWitt, Iowa, 1983 to 1986

Richardson was on the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) board for 11 years (2003 to 2014), including five years on the IHA Executive Committee. He chaired the IHA board in 2010. In 2014, Richardson received IHA’s Excellence in Leadership award. He also was on the American Hospital Association District 6 Regional Policy Board (2012 to 2014) and twice chaired Health Enterprises of Iowa, a consortium of more than 20 Iowa hospitals.

Besides his professional duties, Richardson has volunteered with many community organizations, including:

  • Burlington Little League Baseball
  • Burlington Public Schools
  • Grow Greater Burlington
  • Junior Achievement
  • United Way

He was named one of 10 outstanding young Minnesotans, was awarded the Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen Award and was named Burlington’s Emmy Award winner for his community service.

Richardson and his wife of 30 years, Melanie, have three grown children.