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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Vacant hospital board seat filled


December 27, 2018

The Mercy Hospital Board of Directors accepted a letter of resignation from CEO Mike Delfs at its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 17.

In the letter, dated Dec. 11, Delfs had written, “It is with a heavy heart that I am officially tendering my resignation as Mercy Hospital’s CEO. This has been a phenomenal organization to work for and I have found the board to be very supportive and collaborative and the staff have been exceptional.

“I have accepted a role as CEO at a hospital in my home state of North Dakota. It is a great professional opportunity but there is also a very strong personal component. Beth and I will be relocating to within two hours or less of our grandchildren, children, brother, sisters, nieces and nephews. It has been my great honor and pleasure to have served at Mercy.”

A press release stated Delfs will be CEO of the Jamestown Regional Medical Center. He had been CEO at Mercy Hospital since July 2014.

Delfs stated in the letter that he plans to work through Friday, Feb. 1, and will assist the board to continue key projects and initiatives. He also stated that he can help find resources for an interim CEO.

The board accepted his resignation.

An audit report was presented to the board by representatives of WIPFLI of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The board accepted the audit.

Delfs reported that, as part of the Strategic Plan, representatives of the Human Development Center will again be meeting with clients at the hospital.

“They will have a staff person here four days a week or maybe five days a week if there is a need,” he told the board. “There is space for an office near the front desk of the hospital.”

Delfs added staff from the Human Development Center will meet with patients who have mental health issues, such as depression.

“It will take a while for people to find out that they are here,” Delfs added. “When we had them here before, they were super busy.”

He said the plan is to have staff from HDC start before he leaves Feb. 1.

Delfs also told the board he had contacted the three people who had received two votes each to be a representative on the board from the city of Barnum.

“Two of the people said that they are too busy but one said that she would be interested,” he said. “That person is Cindy Grimm. She will start in January.”

The board members finishing their terms, Dr. Christopher Thiessen and Dawn Hultgren, were thanked for their service on the board.

In other business, the board approved $1,000 scholarships to be given to students in each of the four area schools: Willow River, Moose Lake, Barnum and Cromwell.

Normally, the scholarships are approved in the spring but a request had come from a new staff member from the Willow River school about the scholarship. The board decided on early approval of the scholarships for each school.


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