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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Claire Neely on her new role as President and CEO of ICSI.

Most people who know ICSI know the profound impact Dr. Claire Neely has had on our organization since she joined us in 2009. Today we are excited to announce that Dr. Neely has officially been named President and CEO of ICSI.  She has been acting CEO for several months and will assume the role of President from David Abelson, MD.

Dr. Abelson has been President of ICSI for the past two years and says that “…Claire Neely has been instrumental in guiding our organization through immense change in recent years. She is the right person to lead ICSI as it continues to transform and innovate in new and exciting ways to serve our community.”

Dr. Neely says that her new role at ICSI represents the culmination of work she’s been doing her entire career. “The kind of change we need right now in healthcare won’t come about merely from quality improvement and strong management techniques,” she says. “We have to work on the connections not only between provider and patient, but between healthcare organizations and others in the community to build a more collaborative, coherent approach to healthcare that lowers costs, improves population health, and most importantly increases the quality of care for every individual.”

We are grateful for the dedication she has shown in her past work within the organization, and can’t wait to see to see what she will accomplish next.

To learn more about Dr. Neely's professional background, please click here.


The MN Health Collaborative is a powerful example of Minnesota’s healthcare community’s commitment and ability to collaborate - even while being competitors - to better serve our patients, families, and communities.

With ICSI serving as its backbone organization, the MN Health Collaborative includes physicians and other representatives from major healthcare organizations working together to address major health topics affecting Minnesota communities today including opioid misuse and addiction as well as system improvements to address broader mental health care needs. 

Reducing Opioid Use and Improving Pain Management

MN Health Collaborative partners are committed to reducing opioid prescribing and overdose deaths, and improving care for people experiencing pain and addiction. Initial efforts focus on nonsurgical and surgical prescribing practices.

Working group members are developing an innovative approach to prescribing opioids for post-operative pain. The new approach addresses the unique needs of patients based on their past health histories, current diagnoses, and required surgical and post-operative treatment needs.

Changing current post-operative prescription standards is a critical step to ensure that patients do not receive more than the required number of pills needed for pain management as overprescribing opioids may lead to side effects and potential dependence for some individuals. Surplus opioid medications also increase the risk of these drugs being diverted from intended use and distributed illegally within the community.

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