Linnea Windel RN, MSN
President and CEO
VNA Health Care
Linnea Windel is President and Chief Executive Officer of VNA Health Care (VNA) based in Aurora, Illinois. As the CEO of a not-for-profit community health organization providing primary health care, home health, hospice and community wellness services, she is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and health information technology operations serving over 65,000 patients with 440 employees. She established the first Federally Qualified Health Center based in Aurora and transformed the organization into a regional, diversified community healthcare network serving residents of a multi-county area of suburban Chicago.
Linnea is a Registered Nurse with nearly 30 years of healthcare and leadership experience. Prior to becoming President and CEO in 1999, she served the organization as the Chief Operating Officer and developed new services including a home visiting program for new parents, home infusion therapy, and the first Medicare-certified Hospice program based in Aurora to provide in-home, holistic, end of life care.
Linnea earned her MS in Nursing from Aurora University and a BS in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University. She was one of only twenty nurse leaders selected nationally in 2008 for the prestigious three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, designed to prepare nurse executives to help lead and shape the U.S. healthcare system. In addition to her current role, she currently serves on several boards, including the national Visiting Nurse Associations of America board that supports, promotes and advances non-profit providers of home and community-based healthcare, hospice and health promotion services.