Maureen Reed

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Maureen Reed, MD
Born (1953-04-10) April 10, 1953 (age 62)
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Residence Grant, Minnesota
Ethnicity American
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Minnesota Medical School
Occupation Physician
Known for Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse(s) Jim Hart, MD

Maureen Reed (born April 10, 1953) is a physician who was the chair of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, and Medical Director and Vice-President of the not-for-profit health care provider HealthPartners. She initially announced that she would run as a Democrat in the sixth congressional district of Minnesota, USA in 2010, but withdrew.

Early life[edit]

Reed was born to a farming family that lost their farm in the Great Depression, and grew up in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, a small rural town in south-western Minnesota, where her mother Rose still lives. Her father worked at the local Ford dealership. She has one sister. She married Jim Hart, and they have lived in Grant, Minnesota since 1982.[1]


Reed graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1975, from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1979, and did part of her medical training at the VA hospital in Minneapolis, completing her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1982. For the next ten years she practiced internal medicine at the Aspen Medical Group, being Chief of Staff from 1988 until 1991. She served as president of Aspen Medical Group in 1992. In 1993, she was hired as the vice president and medical director of HealthPartners, a position she held until 2004. She also continued to practice internal medicine on a part-time basis at the Fremont Community Clinic in north Minneapolis, a clinic serving primarily uninsured and under-insured patients. During her tenure as vice president and medical director at HealthPartners (1993–2004), Reed created and implemented an outcomes-based payment approach (Outcomes Recognition Program) for primary care groups, specialty care groups and hospitals.[2][not in citation given] She also led the team whose measurement efforts subsequently spawned the Minnesota Community Measurement.[3][not in citation given] That same team converted HealthPartners from a paper to an electronic medical management system.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Reed traveled with her husband to East Africa to study and review rural public health projects. On one trip to Uganda, Maureen worked with local dairy farmers, developing a plan that allowed them to pool their resources, providing them with unprecedented access to health care.[4][self-published source?]

The Minnesota Legislature appointed Reed to serve on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents in 1997 and 2003. She was the vice chair of the audit committee (1997), vice chair of the Education Planning and Policy Committee (1997–1999), board vice chair (1999–2001), board chair (2001–2003), and chair of the Education Planning and Policy Committee (2003–2005).[5]

She served as the interim executive director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota (an environmental non-profit organization which manages a land trust of 10,000 acres (40 km2) across the state) from May 2008 to November 2008.[6]

Reed is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and was deployed in the aftermaths of the 2005 Louisiana Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2007 Interstate 35-W bridge collapse. She was the Independence Party of Minnesota's candidate for lieutenant governor in 2006.

2010 Congressional campaign[edit]

Reed said she would run as a Democrat for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Republican Michele Bachmann,[7] and that she had raised over one million dollars,[8] but later withdrew.


  1. ^ "Meet Maureen". Maureen Reed for Congress. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Group Health/Healthpartners - MN150". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota Community Measurement One of 14 Programs Selected for $300 Million Nationwide...". Reuters. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Meet Maureen". Maureen Reed for Congress. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Regents of the University of Minnesota : Office of the Board of Regents". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Dr. Maureen Reed named interim executive director | Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota". 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Clark endorsed on first ballot | Polinaut". Minnesota Public Radio. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  8. ^ Eric Kleefeld (2010-04-16). "Bachmann Raises Over $810K In First Quarter 2010 | TPMDC". Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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