MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (March 17, 2010) – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced today that Cyndi Lesher, former CEO of Northern States Power Company, an Xcel Company, has joined the Children’s board of directors. Lesher has been an influential figure in Minnesota business, not only in her roles at NSP and Xcel Energy, but also as chair of Governor’s Pawlenty’s Workforce Development Council, and a member of the Women’s Economic Roundtable.

“Cyndi brings a unique combination of skills and perspective to our organization,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, president and CEO of Children’s of Minnesota. “She combines a deep Cyndi Lesher
understanding of the corporate world with a great passion for what Children’s means to the families of Minnesota.”

Lesher was named one of the Twin Cities most innovative women by City Business and was selected by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2008 Woman of the Year. In 2007, Lesher was named president of the Host Committee for the Republican National Convention. Part of her job was to showcase Minneapolis and St. Paul to the rest of the world.

“Children’s is an organization that sometimes gets taken for granted in this community, but it is a huge asset to the state,” said Lesher. “Having a great institution like Children’s enhances our reputation nationally and improves the quality of life in Minnesota. I can’t imagine the Twin Cities without Children’s… and I don’t want to.”

In addition to serving on the Children’s board, Lesher serves as board chair for the Twin Cities Area Red Cross, and on the boards of the Animal Humane Society and the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology Advisory Board. She is a Regent Emeritus of the University of Minnesota.

About Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Serving as Minnesota’s children’s hospital since 1924, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has 332 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children’s of Minnesota provides care through more than 14,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children’s is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children. For more information, visit www.childrensmn.org.