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Meet the New Ulm Medical Center Board of Directors
The New Ulm Medical Center Board of Directors and Administrative photo was taken at the 2011 Annual Meeting in December. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Foundation Director Carisa Buegler, DuWayne Witt, President Toby Freier, Medical Director Joan Krikava, MD, and Ellen Vancura, MD; (back row) Justin Weinberg, Dick Helmstetter (outgoing member), Director of Operations Steve Schneider, Kellie Newman, MD, Marj Frederickson, Director of Clinic Operations Jeff Messenger, Director of Patient Care Dayle Stubbs, Charles Stephens, MD, Administrative Assistant Mary Rosenau. Not pictured are board members Jackie Finstad, Cheri LeBrun, Devin Nelson and Ron Saffert.
The New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Board of Directors is responsible for helping to shape the strategy of the medical center in terms of services offered, building projects, and policy.
The group of 10 men and women meet monthly to discuss issues facing the medical center and provide collective input from the communities and people NUMC serves that will result in the best possible outcomes for its patients.
Each member also serves on at least one other committee within NUMC such as the Community Advisory Council, Quality Council and Finance & Facilities Committee.
Because access to good health care is a pillar of a successful community, the role of these individuals in helping to shape the future of NUMC is of paramount importance.
As such, they were asked to share answers to the following questions to help the community better understand their role, the priorities and goals for the future of NUMC, and the accomplishments that have helped to shape NUMC to the facility it is today. Next to each individual's name is the number of years they have served on the board.
Jackie Finstad (seven years)
Marj Frederickson (five years)
Cheri LeBrun (five months)
Devin Nelson (five years)
Kellie Newman, MD (seven years)
Ron Saffert (five months)
Charles Stephens, MD (four years)
Ellen Vancura, MD (one year)
I am the senior partner of the Physicians Group of New Ulm, practicing medicine in New Ulm since August 1979, completing 33 years this summer. I am enjoying practice more than ever, many patients have been with me since I started practice. I have been married for 39 years to Jay Vancura, a consulting pharmacist to long term care facilities. We have three grown children. My parents, Jim and Jane Seifert, also live in New Ulm. I have been involved in many church and school activities through the years but currently all my volunteer time is spent with the New Ulm Buckthorn Removal Project. Family and friend activities, gardening and reading are my favorite ways to spend time away from the office.
This is my first term on the hospital board in the modern era, having served on it many years ago. Having recently completed term limits on the physician’s group board, I was ready to continue as an active participant in the decision making of the medical center. I feel my greatest strength on the board is to bring a historical perspective on how things were and why they are what they are now. My practice started when the city had two hospitals and 10 physicians practicing in the Family Service Center. New Ulm has an amazing history of excellent medical care. Anything I can do to continue this tradition for the sake of the residents of the New Ulm area is time well spent.
Gratefully, forward thinking and wise community and past board members have made excellent decisions in the transition from consolidation of the two hospitals to different corporate management and the decision to combine hospital and clinic to one campus. NUMC is part of the Allina Health system which has honored the differences between metro hospitals and rural hospitals allowing a great deal of local control for the benefit of all who use NUMC for their primary care. This is in the era of predatory takeover of hospitals and clinics where local control of medical practice is all but lost. Please continue to support the NUMC which is the third largest employer in the city. If I could do it all over again, I would make the same decision to practice in New Ulm, the city I love.
Justin Weinberg (two years)
DuWayne Witt (five years)