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Senior Leadership

Altru’s senior leadership is focused on one thing – the mission – improving health, enriching life. The team of medical and administrative directors oversee the operations of Altru Health System and the implementation of its strategic plan.

Meet our team and find out what inspires them to do what they do.

Casey Ryan, MD – President

Role: President and practicing physician

Responsibility: Provides overall leadership to Altru Health System. 

Education:

  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • University of Colorado Medical Center (Denver, CO)
  • Mayo School of Medicine (Rochester, MN)

Experience:

  • Registrar in Endocrinology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Served on Altru’s Board of Directors from 1982 to 1995
  • Vice president of the Grand Forks Clinic for three years and president for six years

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Dave Molmen – Chief Executive Officer

Role: Chief Executive Officer

Responsibility: Provides business management leadership and oversees Altru’s non-physician staff.

Education:

  • Concordia Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)

Bachelor of Arts in health care, finance and psychology

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Master in Public Health and Credential of Advanced Studies in Health Services Administration

    Experience:

    • Former Chief Operating Officer for Altru Health System and United Hospital
    • Former Chief Executive Officer of Midwest medical Group in Denver, CO
    • Former Associate Administrator of Grand Forks Clinic and Administrator of the Grand Forks Orthopedic Clinic
    • Current Chair of the North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Council

    Motivation:

    “I remind myself everyday that I’m here to make a difference for the people we serve. Our mission gives my work purpose and I’m inspired by the opportunity to serve others.”

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    Brad Wehe – Chief Operating Officer

    Role: Chief Operating Officer

    Responsibility: Directs the efforts of the system in achieving its mission through the coordination and oversight of daily operations.

    Education:

    • Mayville State University (Mayville, ND)

    Bachelor of science in biology

    • Mayo School of Medicine (Rochester, MN)

    Degree in physical therapy

    • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)

      Masters and doctorate in physical therapy

      Experience:

      • Former Administrative Director of Regional Operations at Altru
      • Serves on several boards including the North Regional Health Alliance, Mayo Physical Therapy Alumni Association, and Mayo School of Health Related Sciences

      Motivation:

      “My desire to help others in need led me to a career in health care. As a physical therapist, it was always an inspirational experience to help a patient realize the impossible. In my current role, I draw on those experiences for motivation and guidance in moving our health system forward. Each day provides a fun challenge in putting the pieces together to affect positive outcomes for the patients we serve.”

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    Dwight Thompson – Chief Financial Officer

    Role: Chief Financial Officer

    Responsibility: Provides leadership in areas of strategic financial planning, revenue cycle, accounting & finance, budget/reimbursement, coding compliance, doctor compensation, patient financial services, and treasury & compliance. 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)

    Bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting

    • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

    Masters in health care administration

    Experience:

    • Certified Public Accountant and Fellow in Health Care Financial Management Association
    • Past member of the national board of directors of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a member of the North Dakota and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    • Serves as board member in several related and unrelated organizations

    Motivation:

    “My career in health care started with an accounting internship at United Hospital while I was attending UND. That exposure ignited my interest in pursuing health care finance employment upon graduation. The ability to practice the full range of business and financial activities are certainly attractive. The human elements of working in health care also make it a career choice that is very rewarding and challenging.

    In the Finance Division we try to further Altru's mission - Improving Health, Enriching Life - by providing the services at the front and back end of the care experience for the patient in a service oriented fashion. It is very important for all of us to do our part to serve those patients in a highly effective manner. We constantly strive for service excellence. Also, parts of our division serve directly those who provide the direct patient care. We are committed to performing our financial functions in a way that helps them do their jobs effectively.

    For myself, the 29 years that I have spent with this organization in its various forms have been very rewarding. On a professional level I've been able to experience the full range of challenges in a rapidly changing field. On a personal level, I've been able to see people at their best. Also, I've been able to work with people that I like and admire.”

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    Dennis Reisnour – Chief Planning Executive

    Role: Chief Planning Executive

    Responsibility: Leads the development of Altru’s strategic plan and directs the marketing, communication and overall management of Altru’s brand.

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)

    Bachelor of science

    • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

    Masters in health services administration

    Experience:

    • Current Chief Executive Officer for Altru Health Resources
    • Former Director of Planning and Marketing of a three-hospital system in Dallas, TX
    • Serves on the board of directors of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation

    Motivation:

    "I'm moved every time I hear from a patient or family about how our staff made a positive difference in someone's life. Even in the worst circumstances, such as the death of a loved one, people take the time to talk about the wonderful care they received at Altru. If my work in some small way makes things better or easier for the people providing care, it's all worth it."

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    Kellee Fisk– Chief People Resources Executive

    Role: Chief People Resources Executive

    Responsibility: Guides the development of an engaged employee culture focused on working together to serve our patients and community.  Builds and leads a talented team of employees with expertise in human resources, learning and organizational development, pastoral services and volunteer leadership.

    Education:

    • Carroll College, (Helena Montana)

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Minor in Economics

    • University of Montana (Missoula, MT)

    Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Experience:

    • Vice President for People Resources & Chief Strategy Officer for Billings Clinic in Billings Montana
    • Executive Director, Strategic Marketing and Planning, Billings Clinic
    • Served as Board Chair for United Way of Yellowstone County, Billings Montana
    • Served as  Board Chair for Head Start of Yellowstone County, Billings Montana

    Motivation:

    "I believe people need to contribute to something meaningful and want to make a difference.  Serving in a leadership role in non-profit health care for over 25 years has pushed me to give the best every day as our patients and community count on us to care for each other and their families.  My purpose as a leader is to connect people’s potential with their goals and their desire to serve and care for one another."

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    Margaret Reed, RN – Chief Nurse Executive

    Role: Chief Nurse Executive/Adminstrative Director of Inpatient Services

    Responsibility: Ensures standards of care and scope of practice are maintained through leadership of inpatient units, hospital nursing administration and vascular access. 

    Education:

    • Trinity School of Nursing (Diploma in Nursing)
    • University of North Dakota School of Nursing (BSN)
    • University of St. Thomas (MBA in Medical Group Management)
    • Certified in Ambulatory Surgery Adminstrator through AORN

    Experience:

    • Former Administrative Department Director of Surgical Services, Patient Care Manager and Supervisor, Staff Nurse, Medical Surgical and Staff Nurse Renal
    • Active in several professional organizations including American Organization of Nurse Executives, North Dakota Healthcare Association, VHA Nurse Ex Affinity Group, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Upper Midwest Nursing Council, the American Nurses Association, Association of Operating Room Nurses.
    • President of the North Dakota Center for Nursing
    • St. Mary Elementary School Board
    • Sacred Hearts' National Advisory Board
    • Served on the United Way Board of Directors (Past President)
    • Sacred Heart School Board (Past President)
    • North Dakota Organization of Nurse Director (Past President)

    Motivation:

    “As a second generation nurse, I am motivated by patients receiving outstanding excellence in care. I love being a nurse and caring for the patients. In my position, I now care for the patients by setting the standards for nursing to follow in their practice"

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    Eric Lunn, MD – Chief Medical Executive

    Role: Chief Medical Executive and practicing pediatrician

    Responsibility: Provides leadership to the physicians at Altru Health System

    Education:

    • North Dakota State University--Bachelor of Science
    • University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences--Bachelor of Science in Medicine
    • University of South Carolina School of Medicine--Medical Degree
    • University of Texas Medical Branch--Pediatric residency
      Experience:
    • Practicing Pediatrician at Altru Health System since 1987
    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
    • Member and former President of the Grand Forks Public Schools Board
    • Former Chief of Staff
    • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Forks Clinic and United Hospital

    Motivation:

    “Since childhood I wanted to be a pediatrician. I have always enjoyed helping others and have a strong interest in prevention, so pediatrics was a natural fit for me. I have been blessed with a career in pediatrics that has, and continues, to bring me great enjoyment and satisfaction. In my administrative role I am motivated to helping my fellow employees create an environment to work in that brings them great enjoyment and satisfaction in their jobs while keeping focused on our primary responsibility, the patient and their family.”

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    William McKinnon, MD, FACEP – Medical Director of Regional Operations

    Role: Medical Director of Regional Operations and practicing emergency medicine physician

    Responsibility: Coordinate improved access to Altru’s resources for patients and providers throughout the region 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota School of Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

      Medical degree

    • University of North Dakota School of Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

      Family Medicine Residency and Internship

    • Board Certified - American Board of Family Medicine

      Experience:

      • Rural family medicine practice, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 1987 - 1991
      • Practicing emergency medicine physician at Altru Health System  since 1991
      • Emergency Outpatient Department Altru Health System Medical Director 1996 - 2011
      • Chair Department of Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care Services Altru Health System 2004 - present
      • Clinical associate professor Department of Family Medicine, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences 1991 - present
      • Instructor American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support

      Motivation:

      “My experience in the military as a Medical Corpsman caring for ill and injured military personnel was a major influence in choosing a career in health care and in the area of emergency medicine. My experience, from emergency medical technician to registered nurse to physician assistant/nurse practitioner and now, physician, has allowed me to develop a valuable knowledge and understanding of the workings of the health care team. In my role as Medical Director of Regional Operations I will be calling on all of that experience to provide support to Altru's outstanding medical and support staff in the region as we move forward with Altru's mission of improving health and enriching life for the patients we serve.”

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    Mark Siegel, MD – Medical Director of Quality Management and Safety

    Role: Medical Director of Quality Management and Safety

    Responsibility: Oversees the quality management and patient safety aspects of Altru Health System.

    Education:

    • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

    Undergraduate degree

    • University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (Los Angeles, CA)

    Medical degree

    • Barnes Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

      Intern in surgery, Assistant Resident in surgery and Chief Resident in surgery

    • General Hospital (Birmingham, England)

    Senior Registrar Associate in General Surgery

    Experience:

    • Board certified
    • American Board of Surgery
    • Current Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Motivation:

    “I always knew I wanted to follow my father into a medical career. I choose surgery as a specialty because it lets you interact with patients, solve diagnostic problems, and the see the results of your therapy. As I now have administrative duties, I am pleased to coordinate surgical services at Altru Health System so that our current surgeons can continue to provide excellent care to our community.”

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    Scott Charette, MD – Medical Director of Surgical Services

    Role: Medical Director of Surgical Services and practicing physician

    Responsibility: Oversees Altru's operating room, same day surgery, ambulatory procedure center, and the trauma program

    Education:

    • Medical Education, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
    • General Surgery Internship, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
    • Surgery Residency, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
    • Vascular Fellowship, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

      Motivation:

      "Anatomy, physiology, medicine, -- These have always been an interest of mine, as well as what makes things work, that part I get from my Dad. I think being a physician is pretty much what God had planned for me. The particular field of surgery attracted me because of the ability to directly intervene in disease and injuries and “fix” things. The results can be highly rewarding. I enjoy the close relationship one develops with patients as individuals in these situations.

      My motivation in an administrative role is the people of the region. They are hard working individuals who are always there to help their neighbors and each other. It is our responsibility to take care of them in their time of illness/injury. I want Altru to provide compassionate care that is of the highest quality."

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    Colleen Swank, MD – Medical Director of Primary Care

    Role: Medical Director of Primary Care and practicing pediatrician

    Responsibility: Provides medical oversight of physician practices in all primary care clinics and specialties 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota School of Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

    Medical degree

    • University of Utah, Primary Children’s Medical Center (Salt Lake City, UT)

      Pediatric residency

      Experience:

      • Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
      • Former Chair of the Council of Chairs
      • Current clinical professorship at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

      Motivation:

      “I chose a career in pediatrics because I enjoy watching children grow. It is so fun to see the delight and pride in parents as they watch their children progress through the developmental stages. Although I also get immense satisfaction from making sick children feel better, I see my role more as being an advocate for the prevention of disease - making sure children are vaccinated, using car seats appropriately, wearing helmets, using seatbelts, staying active, limiting screen time, and developing healthy habits that hopefully will stay with them through adulthood.”

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    Renee Axtman, RN – Administrative Director of Primary Care

    Role: Administrative Director of Primary Care

    Responsibility: Supports the delivery of primary care services in the areas of Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency, psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, Altru’s Diabetes Center, dermatology, pediatrics, Truyu Aesthetic Center, pharmacy, pediatrics, ambulance services, emergency outpatient department, urgent care, bariatric support, Safe Kids, and practice development. 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota School (Grand Forks, ND)

    Bachelors degree in nursing

    Experience:

    • Former Executive Leader for Psychiatry/Chemical Dependency and Family Focused Care Centers
    • Practicing nurse in areas of psychiatry, behavioral health and orthopedic/urology from 1983-1997
    • Active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Volunteer Hospitals of America Upper Midwest

    Motivation:

    “It is an honor and privilege when a person entrusts their care and lives to us. Everyday I get to see and hear stories of how someone has made a difference in the life of a patient, a family member or co-worker. When I look around and see the talent, skills and compassion of those that work here at Altru, it makes me proud to be a nurse and to serve as an Altru leader.”

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    Kerry Carlson – Administrative Director of Medical Specialty Care

    Role: Administrative Director of Medical Specialty Care

    Responsibility: Provides strategic support and leadership for Altru Cancer Center, allergy, gastroenterology, palliative care, research, internal medicine, endocrinology, geriatrics, pulmonology, nephrology, critical care, respiratory care, sleep disorders, pulmonary function lab, renal dialysis, research center, bio-ethics, infectious disease, and IRB. 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota School (Grand Forks, ND)

      Bachelors degree in business administration

      University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)

      Masters degree in business administration

      Experience:

      • Former Executive Director of Altru Home Services

      Motivation:

      “Legacies are not left by those who erect towers, monuments or statues, but endure in the hearts and minds of those whom we have showered with acts of kindness, selflessness, and caring. I believe it is within each of us to give more of ourselves than we deserve nor receive. I am inspired each day by the acts of every employee here at Altru, who consistently give so much of themselves to others and have created their own legacy."

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    Jon Green – Executive Director of Altru Health Foundation

    Role: Executive Director of Altru Health Foundation

    Responsibility: Provides overall operational leadership of Altru Health Foundation in its role of working with the community to provide financial security for Altru’s patient care programs. 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota School (Grand Forks, ND)

    Bachelors degree in business administration and personnel management

    Experience:

    • Former Manager of physician Services/Regional Relations and Manager of Medical Education
    • Nineteen years experience with Altru Health System
    • Active community member through involvement with United Way, several educational institutions, the Altru Y Family Center, and his church

    Motivation:

    “I am so fortunate to witness the joy that our donors experience when they give a gift of support through the Foundation and then be able to see the difference their gifts make in the lives of the patients who benefit from our donors' generosity.”

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    Kelly Hagen, RN – Administrative Director of Cardiology/Musculoskeletal Services

    Role: Administrative Director of Cardiology/Musculoskeletal Services

    Responsibility: Provides direction for cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, podiatry, occupational health/medicine, pain management, employee health, speech therapy, audiology, outpatient therapy, neurodiagnostic laboratory, and prosthetics & orthotics. 

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    Joel Rotvold – Executive Physician Recruiter

    Role: Executive Physician Recruiter

    Responsibility: Coordinates the recruitment and retention of physician staff in order to meet the changing health care needs of our community.

    Motivation:

    “I've worked in health care for 35 years and along my journey (especially in the upper Midwest and most certainly at Altru), I've encountered countless staff and providers that truly care and make life better for our patients - these are the kind of individuals we search for in our role as physician recruiters. It shouldn't be surprising to find compassionate care givers, as this is the reason they've chosen health care, but it is gratifying when we find truly good people to serve our patients and our communities.”

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    Ken Vein – Administrative Director of Plant and Facilities

    Role: Administrative Director of Plant and Facilities

    Responsibility: As an engineer, Ken oversees the design & construction, maintenance, safety & management, environmental services, and biomedical engineering for all of Altru’s facilities. 

    Education:

    • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)

      Bachelors of science in civil engineering

      Experience:

      • Former Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Grand Forks
      • Active with Crimestoppers, the Altru Y Family Center, the American Society of Healthcare engineering
      • Board member of International Water Institute and of ND Water Users Association

      Motivation:

      “I have always had a passion for public service, and it is tremendously rewarding to specialize in health care where I can positively impact the well being of patients and staff. At Altru I have the privilege of being part of a great team that is equally passionate about health care and together we get to deliver great outcomes.”

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    Mark Waind – Administrative Director of Information Services

    Role: Administrative Director of Information Services

    Responsibility: Leads the management, implementation and maintenance of Altru’s information services, telecommunications, chart management, transcription services, and medical records.

    Education:

    • Former Administrative Director of Business Services and the Manager of Information Services for the Grand Forks Clinic
    • Member of the College of Healthcare Information Executives, the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the North Dakota Medical Group Management Association
    • Board member of Altru Alliance, the Minnesota Epic User Group and the North Dakota HIMSS chapter

      Motivation:

      “I have always had an interest in health care. My mom was a nurse for over 35 years and she was my role model for all the attributes of a good health care employee; caring, compassionate and always went the extra mile for the patient. I guess she was partly responsible for my health care career. In my leadership role, I’m proud to provide better tools to assist our providers in delivering excellent patient care and in going the extra mile to do what’s right for our patients.”

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      Jill Wilson – Administrative Director of Regional Operations

      Role: Administrative Director of Regional Operations and Clinical Support Services

      Responsibility: Collaborates with physicians, staff and community members throughout the region to provide quality health care services in their local area. Specific areas of responsibility include home health, hospice, retail pharmacy, outreach rehab services, regional services and clinics, durable medical equipment sales, infusion therapy, and rehab technology. Supports the successful delivery of patient care in the areas of pathology, radiology, laboratory.

      Education:
      • University of North Dakota, Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy
      Experience:
      • Staff Occupational Therapist, Altru Outreach Therapy Services
      • Supervisor, Altru Outreach Therapy Services
      • Manager, Altru Outreach Therapy Services 

       

      Motivation:

      I have always had a passion for helping others so healthcare was a natural fit for me. Growing up in a small rural town helped me understand the value of having the highest quality health care close to home. Whether providing services through our regions' clinics or partnering with the community's local healthcare provider, I strongly believe that when we work together all of our patients benefit. Being part of enhancing patient care in our region makes me proud to be a leader at Altru.”

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      Heather Strandell – Administrative Director of Care Management

      Role: Administrative Director of Care Management

      Responsibility: Quality Improvement, Regulatory Compliance, Patient Safety, Risk Management, Service Excellence, Patient Care Representatives, Guest Services, Utilization Review, Social Work, Case Management, Clinical Documentation, Managed Care, Medical Home, Credentialing, Peer Review, and Switchboard.
      Education:

      • University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Accounting
      Experience:
      • Manager of Utilization Management/Managed Care (Altru Health System)
      • Executive Director (North Region Health Alliance)
      • Director of Blue Care (Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND)
      • Network Consultant (Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND)
      • Network Finance Coordinator (Lutheran Health Systems)

      Motivation:

      "I always had an interest in healthcare because it is an industry that is ever changing and so important to people's lives.  I am privileged to work in a division that supports our organization in providing quality and safe patient care.  Although our division does not provide direct patient care, we do work with physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff to make  sure they have standardized processes and resources to enhance the patient's experience."

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      Joseph Myers, RN – Administrative Director of Surgical Services

      Role: Administrative Director of Surgical Services

      Responsibility:

      Supports the delivery of services in the areas of Surgery, PACU, Same Day Surgery, Anesthesia, Anesthesiology, Endoscopy and Outpatient Procedure Center, and Pre-procedure Center, as well the departments of Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, and Cardiovascular.
      Education:

      • University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts History
      • University of North Daktoa, Bachelor of Science Nursing
      • RN, First Assistant Certificate Professional Nursing Seminars/Northern New Mexico Community College
      Experience:
      • Staff Nurse Surgery Department (United Hospital/ Altru Health System)
      • Clinical Instructor Surgical Technology Program (Northwest Tech)
      • Department Manager Same Day Surgery (United Hospital)
      • Assistant Director of Nursing OR, PACU, Outpatient Procedure (Asbury Salina Regional,Salina KS)
      • Neurosurgery Coordinator Surgery Department (United Hospital/ Altru Hospital)
      • RN First Assistant Surgery Department  (Altru Health System)
      • Surgery Financial Analyst/Informatics Coordinator  (Altru Health System)
      • Interim Surgery Department Manager (Altru Health System)
      • Interim Administrative Department Director Surgical Services (Altru Health System)
      • Veteran of the US Army and active service in the US Army Reserve.
      • Active member of the American Nurses Association, The North Dakota Nurses Association (past Board Member) and the Association of Peri-Operative Nurses (AORN) (Past Chapter President)

      Motivation:

      "As a nurse, I have always had an interest in providing the best experience possible for the surgical patient. Our patients are often at a very important and often critical point in their lives when they need a surgical intervention. I believe that we, in Surgical Services, provide excellent care during each and every encounter. I have done my best in each of my roles to ensure that this happens and promise that I will that I will not waiver in that commitment to those we serve."

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