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By Mercy Hospital
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Mercy board appoints new CEO


Michael Delfs

The Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Delfs to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective June 30.

"Michael Delfs was our unanimous first choice," said Kelly Goeb, M.D, Chair of both Mercy's Board of Directors and CEO Search Committee. "We feel strongly that he is the right leader for Mercy. With his experience and depth as a senior administrator and CEO, he is very knowledgeable about the challenges of rural health care. We were impressed with his history of good physician relations, his financial success in improving the bottom line in his current position, and his communication skills with both staff and the community. We believe he is an excellent fit for our needs."

Delfs began his career in healthcare with MeritCare (now Sanford Health) in 1991, and from 2006 until 2012, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. In July, 2012, Delfs was named the Chief Executive Officer of The Richland Hospital in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Richland, a Critical Access Hospital similar in size and scope to Mercy, has seen both its financial performance and patient quality improve significantly under Delfs' leadership.

"I'm excited to become part of the Mercy team," said Delfs. "The hospital and clinic provide exceptional care to the area and I'm thrilled to be part of that partnership as we near completion of new patient care areas. I'm looking forward to being part of the healthcare community."

A native of North Dakota, Delfs earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business/Management and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and has been active in both the Wisconsin and Minnesota Hospital Associations. He has been actively involved in the Richland Center community as a member of Rotary International, volunteering with Greater Richland Cancer Elimination, and was previously a board member of the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce.

Delfs and his wife, Beth, have two adult children, both of whom reside in North Dakota with their families, which includes two grandchildren.


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