North Memorial Health Names Mike Opat as First Chief Business Development and Community Relations Officer


Mike OpatNorth Memorial Health is pleased to announce that Mike Opat has accepted a newly created senior leadership role as chief business development and community relations officer (CBRO) at North Memorial Health. This appointment is effective May 2, 2022.

In this position, Opat will lead system business development and outreach, manage all aspects of government relations, oversee strategic community partnerships and sponsorships, and will play a key role in driving North’s growth strategy for the future.

Opat brings extensive experience to the role, having served 28 years as a Hennepin County Commissioner, where he led a number of transformational projects, including efforts to modernize the governance model for Hennepin Healthcare and supporting work to build and finance Target Field. He helped develop transportation projects, including the Bottineau Light Rail – a $1.6 billion project that will run through Robbinsdale to Brooklyn Park – and renovating the Victory Memorial Drive Parkway. Recently, Opat served as a consultant to North, working on securing federal funding to modernize air flow systems in the Robbinsdale Emergency Department.

“With a long history serving our communities, Mike comes to this position with bold ideas and connections to support North’s innovative health system approach,” said J. Kevin Croston, MD, CEO of North Memorial Health.

Opat’s role will be dedicated to developing, executing, monitoring and sustaining North’s strategic partnerships and community relationships, and ensuring they are integrated into the organization’s vision of healthcare the way it ought to be.

About North Memorial Health

At North Memorial Health, we are on a mission to change healthcare. We’re delivering unmatched customer service and empowering our patients throughout the Twin Cities to achieve their best health. North Memorial Health provides access to high-quality, low-cost care throughout the Twin Cities through its medical transportation services and two hospitals – North Memorial Health Hospital and Maple Grove Hospital. North Memorial Health Clinics which include primary care, specialty care and hospice are part of a joint venture with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota that is transforming the healthcare experience for consumers. Across the North Memorial Health system, 900+ doctors and 5,000+ team members are dedicated to delivering a more connected experience for our patients.