About Nielsen Healthcare Group

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Our Company / Management Bios

It all started with an idea. Over the course of his career as a hospital CEO, Bruce Nielsen, FACHE had often wished that he had a reliable firm to turn to for a quick, competent, and cost effective temporary replacement when he lost a key executive, director or manager so that he could take the time to find just the right replacement and feel confident that quality and productivity would not slip during the search period. So, in 1991 Bruce left hospital administration and set about to be the solution he had always wanted.

Since its founding the Nielsen Healthcare Group (NHG), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has grown from an at-home start-up to one of the most respected providers of interim leaders to the healthcare industry. With a network that has grown to include thousands of leaders possessing specialized knowledge in every functional area and every management level in healthcare organizations of every type, NHG has gained the endorsement of national GPO's and over a dozen state hospital associations' shared service affiliates as their recommended provider of interim leaders.

Of the many keys to NHG's sustained success over the decades, three that stand out are the quality of the interim leaders that can be provided quickly to clients, their low cost and the simplicity of NHG's process. Our goal remains to be the solution to all your interim leadership needs.

To be the only firm you need for all your interim leadership needs continues to be NHG's goal, and now in response to client request, it has expanded to also be the solution to all your permanent leadership needs.

Our Team

Bruce Nielsen


For 20 years served: Not-for-profit, large, mid-sized and small; independent community and system; urban and rural hospitals and their affiliated nursing homes, medical groups and home health agencies. From an ancillary and finance background he rose to serve two different hospitals as CEO from 1980-1991. He holds a University of Michigan MHA and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mary Ellen Klinc

Vice President Operations

Rising to the position of CFO of a not-for-profit hospital, her background includes serving as a not-for-profit hospital: Assistant Administrator and Director of Nutritional Services. She holds an MBA from the University of Steubenville (Ohio) and is a Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Craig Venneman

Executive Vice President

Since 1975 Craig has been in hospital human resources management. He served as Regional Vice President of Human Resources for BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, Missouri from 1993 to 2002 and as Director of Labor Relations and Employment at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis from 2002 until 2006 when he joined NHG. He holds a BS Ed from the University of Missouri-Columbia.