2023 Twin Cities' Most Admired CEOs: Kristine Fortman

Sep 21, 2023
Kris Frotman Twin Cities Most Admired

Congratulations to Kristine Fortman, PhD, CEO, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), for being a 2023 Twin Cities’ Most Admired CEO by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Under her leadership, MHIF drives lifesaving heart research and education that advances care for all patients. The MHIF team has achieved numerous accomplishments under Kristine’s guidance – critical work that impacts every aspect of the heart, both in and outside the clinic doors.

We are grateful for her leadership and commitment to the MHIF mission!

See Kris’ profile published in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal below:

Kris Fortman

Most Admired CEOs: Kristine Fortman brings heart to her role as CEO of MHIF

Since Kristine Fortman was appointed CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in 2015, she has led the organization through significant growth and a reckoning on what it means to be a good neighbor.

MHIF, which seeks to improve cardiovascular health through research and education, had $17 million in revenue in 2022, compared to $10.7 million in 2016. Also, the foundation more than doubled its scientific research output in the same period, from 125 publications to 273. Results from two clinical trials, one on tricuspid regurgitation and another on heart transplantation outcomes in donation after circulatory death, were published this year in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In 2018, MHIF launched a cardiovascular imaging research center that provides training and serves as a core lab for challenging cases. The foundation also doubled to tripled participation in educational events during the pandemic after going virtual, Fortman said…

Click here to visit the full Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal article.

About the Most-Admired CEOs Recognition

Each year the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal selects 10 individuals dedicated to ensuring Minnesota’s economy and communities remain strong and vibrant. These CEOs lead workforces – large and small – and have an out-sized impact on our state through their professional accomplishments, industry involvement and community work.

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal shared the profiles of the 10 honorees for 2023 at bizjournals.com/twincities/most-admired-ceos.

Give the Gift of Hope
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The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we can continue this life-saving work. Please make a gift to support the area of greatest need.

Brad Paisley at Heart 360: Concert for Heart Research

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Brad Paisley at Heart 360 Concert

Ready to celebrate with a community that has heart? We are excited to announce Heart 360 Concert for Heart Research on Saturday, November 2 at The Armory with headliner and award-winning country music singer Brad Paisley! Purchase GA tickets via Ticketmaster, or Premium VIP tickets today: