Fairview Welcomes Tanja Oquendo as New Chief People Officer

July 9  

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Fairview Health Services announced the appointment of Tanja Oquendo, J.D., as its new chief people officer (CPO), effective Aug. 12. Oquendo brings extensive experience in human resources and success in shaping employee engagement and workplace culture.

As CPO, Oquendo will help drive Fairview forward by leading efforts that promote culture, diversity, equity, inclusion, and organizational growth.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tanja to Fairview,” said Fairview President and CEO James Hereford. “Her
strength in leadership and strategic vision will play a pivotal role to strengthen, innovate, and advance our organization.”

Prior to joining Fairview, Oquendo was chief administrative officer, chief human resources officer, and system senior vice president of transformation and integration at CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems. Throughout her career, Oquendo has driven organizational improvements to support HR and beyond. She champions people-first strategies that help organizations exceed goals related to quality, safety, customer service, and engagement.

“I am confident that Tanja’s ability to build high-performance cultures while maintaining a values- and mission-driven focus will help our system continue to tackle the unique workforce challenges facing the healthcare industry,” Hereford said. Fairview employs 34,000 people and was recently named by Newsweek as one of “America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity” for 2023.

About Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives. Founded in 1906, Fairview provides exceptional care to patients and communities as one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in Minnesota. Fairview has enjoyed a long partnership with the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Physicians, now represented in the M Health Fairview brand. Together, we offer access to breakthrough medical research and specialty expertise as part of a continuum of care that reaches all ages and health needs.


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