Jeffrey L. Tucker, MBA, EFPM

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Jeffrey L. Tucker, MBA, EFPM

President and CEO

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600 East Superior St., #502  |  Duluth, MN 55802

Jeffrey L. Tucker has more than 29 years experience in health care. Jeff joined Northstar as Director of Network Development in 1997, with responsibilities that included development of the group purchasing program, oversight of the malpractice risk management, utilization review and the quality improvement areas. He has chaired committees at the care system level; was an active founding member of a regional healthcare technology consortium; lead the development of a group purchasing program for, and sat on the technology advisory committee of a large malpractice carrier.

In August of 2005, the Northstar board of directors appointed Jeff CEO. At its October, 2005 board meeting, CareNorth Health (then a partnership of Northstar Physicians Network, Northland Medical Associates and St. Luke's Hospital), appointed Jeff as Administrative Director and then in 2008, Vice President of Primary Care.

Since that time, he has overseen the expansion of the network's services including a focus on health care technologies such as electronic health records, e-prescribing, e-clinic visits, web-based care coordination and a personal health record pilot project.

Services offered to member clinics have been expanded as well, including purchasing expense management, contracting and reimbursement analysis and piloting new models of healthcare. He has overseen the largest growth in the network's history, expanding the network in number of providers, specialties and geographical reach (from 15 members to 43 member clinics).

In 2009-2010, Jeff played an integral role in the combining of two long-established names in healthcare, creating a new entity to respond to market forces.. In April, 2010, he was elected President and CEO of Integrity Health Network, LLC - a merger of Northstar Physicians Network (129 physicians) and Northland Medical Associates (40 physicians). Shortly following the merger, the organization formed a subsidiary to operate as an Accountable Care Organization under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Integrity Health Innovations, LLC) and significantly expanded the resources offered through a separate, related non-profit entity (501(c)3) called Integrity Health Foundation.

In 2016, IHN leads the way once again with the launch of a new medicaid ACO, called an Integrated Health Partnership.  

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Top 100 Influential Names in Healthcare Award (2016) - Minnesota Physician
  • Top 100 Influential Names in Healthcare Award (2012) - Minnesota Physician
  • Outstanding Achievement Award (2011) - Recognized by Minnesota Physician as one of the Top 23 in Healthcare as nominated by peers
  • Executive Fellowship in Practice Management (AAMM)
  • United States Air Force and MN Air National Guard (10 years) (multiple commendations and awards)
  • Certified Clinic Account Technician (AGPAM)
  • Owned and operated a medical billing & consulting firm later sold to a large clinic in 1996
  • Recipient of The President's Award for his dedication, loyalty and service to the cause of independent medicine (Northstar Physicians Network)


  • Minnesota Rural Health Association
  • Minnesota Provider Coalition
  • Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
  • The American Academy of Medical Management
  • American College of Healthcare Executives

Community Involvement:

  • Served as President of the board of directors of The Windchill Legacy, Ltd. - a non-profit equine rescue and education outreach - 2008 through 2014.
  • Serves on the board of directors for the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, North Shore Scenic Railroad (also serving on the Human Resource Committee and as Vice President-Operations), and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum Foundation.
  • Served on the board of directors for the Duluth - Superior Symphony Orchestra 
  • Serves on the board of directors for the Collaborative Care Cooperative, a wrap-around specialty network designed to work with various entities on alternative contracting methodologies
  • Services as President of the board of directors of the Historic Union Depot Corporation - otherwise known as The Depot in Duluth, MN. Home to the region's arts, culture and history organizations.

Human Interest:

With the exception of time spent in military service, and a couple of years managing medical practices and a university administrative office, Jeff has been a life-long resident of the Duluth/Superior area. He is the father of three children, Jordan, Amanda, and Breanna. Jordan passed away of SADS (heart failure) in 2008 at the age of 18 years and five days, and Jeff has created an environmental scholarship in Jordan's memory. Jeff is actively involved in the community and in the operation of Raindance Group, LLC - an entity created to invest in small businesses and technology ventures. 

In 2008, Jeff and his former partner rescued a nine-month old colt that led to national media attention as they tried to save him from the extreme starvation and neglect that he had been subjected to. After Windchill's death, an organization was started to carry on his name, and Jeff served as President of The Windchill Legacy, Ltd., a non-profit foundation dedicated to education, and fighting equine and animal abuse and neglect. In 2013 Jeff became a published author, publishing "Warmed by Windchill," (UW Press/Terrace Books) a book chronicling the events of the Windchill rescue and its life changing effects.  It's available in bookstores as well as, Barnes & Noble and other book venues. 


  • MBA - Healthcare Management, Western Governors University
  • Bachelor of Science, Upper Iowa University, 1995, Dual Major - Human Resource Management and Financial Management, graduated with honors
  • Associate Degrees in Accounting and Management

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