Julie Schmidt, CEO of Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, will address the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association’s First Friday Club luncheon at noon Friday, Feb. 2, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 35 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis.

Schmidt, who has been CEO of Woodwinds since January 1997, will share her thoughts on building a new hospital, a new workforce and a new health care culture.

Woodwinds, a collaborative effort of HealthEast Care System and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, integrates holistic approaches to health care with state-of-the-art technologies. Woodwinds offers 24-hour emergency care and maternity care, intensive care, surgery, radiology and heart and lung care services. Its Natural Care Center provides massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathy services.

Prior to her work with Woodwinds, Schmidt was vice president of regional services for Allina Health System. She also was responsible for implementing the ASK-A-NURSE program, now merged with Medformation. Before joining Allina in 1989, Schmidt was on the administrative team of Children’s Hospital of St. Paul.

On first Fridays of each month, October to June, the First Friday Club meets for lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $17.

On March 2, the club will welcome Simon Foster, who is known as the “head delivery boy” of SimonDelivers.com, the successful online grocery-delivery business he founded.

Reservations for the February luncheon are due at noon Tuesday, Jan. 30. Early reservations are recommended as these luncheons fill quickly. For reservations and further information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430.


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