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Richard R. Pettingill, Allina CEO

The CEO of the hospital chain where Ray Sandford receives his forced electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is Richard R. Pettingill. Allina owns Mercy Hospital, where Ray receives his involuntary ongoing maintenance outpatient electroshock.

Richard R. Pettingill is CEO of AllinaName: Richard Pettingill, Allina CEO

City/State: Minneapolis, MN

Connection to Ray's case: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the enormous Allina Hospitals and Clinics, which owns Mercy Hospital where Ray receives his forced electroshock.

Public position on Ray Sandford's forced outpatient electroshock: Allina actually gives Ray his forced electroshock, and despite many complaints to them continue to do so.

Public position in general on outpatient involuntary electroshock over expressed wishes of subject: Allina directly profits from taxpayer-funded involuntary outpatient electroshock.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray's human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil.


Protest to Richard R. Pettingill, Chief executive officer (CEO) of Allina Hospital and Clinics about Ray's forced electroshock.

Ask that your civil verbal protest be placed in Ray Sandford's medical record using their online web form:

Sample message (your own words are best):

"Dear Mr. Richard Pettingill:

"I request that my message be placed in the permanent medical record of your patient Ray Sandford, who states that he is receiving ongoing involuntary electroshock at Mercy Hospital administered by Allina psychiatrist Bernard M Coelho, MD.

"While you cannot violate the privacy of a patient, I ask that you respond in general about your policy of allowing involuntary electroshock over the expressed wishes of the subject.

"Whether or not you feel this is legal, it is unethical, immoral and traumatic to everyone in mental health care.

"The reason(s) I protest this forced electroshock are:

"My name and contact information: _______"

You may also try to phone Mr. Richard Pettingill's office at 612-262-0601 or 612-262-5000.

More information about Mr. Pettingill:

According to a profile in Forbes magazine in 2007, Mr. Pettingill is also on the board of directors of the enormous Tenet Healthcare Corporation based in Dallas, TX. Here's the Forbes profile:

"59 Years Old: Mr. Pettingill has been president and chief executive officer of Allina Hospitals and Clinics since October 2002. Prior to serving in this role, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Hospitals from 1996 to 2002. He served as president and chief executive officer of Camino Healthcare from 1991 to 1995. Mr. Pettingill received a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and a master's degree in health care administration from San Jose State University. He is a member of the board of directors of Allina and also serves on the board of directors for Minnesota Hospital Association and Minnesota Business Partnership. Mr. Pettingill has been a director since March 2004."


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