Meeker Memorial’s mission and vision are to provide high quality health care services responsive to the residents of the Meeker County area. And, to be known as an organization that provides state-of-the-art health care services accompanied by outstanding care. Hospital leadership is provided by the Meeker Memorial Hospital (MMH) Board of Directors comprised of five community at-large members, two County Commissioners and the Chief of the Hospital’s Medical Staff with the Chief Executive Officer serving as an Ex Officio.
The Hospital Board of Directors is subject to the supervisory authority of the County Board. Hospital Board membership is formed to draw on the expertise, background, experience and ability to contribute towards mission, purpose of the hospital, district residency and interest. Responsibilities include: strategic planning, budget expenditure plan, establishing the Hospital’s mission, vision, goals and objectives, approval of policies, ensure conformance with competitive bidding processes, appointment of medical staff, evaluation and structure of the organization, medical staff accountability for quality care and maintaining high standards of professional and ethical practice.
John grew up locally. He was a Litchfield High School graduate in 1980 and went on to get his Bachelors of Arts degree in Finance from the University of MN-Duluth in 1985.
His professional experience and banking career began in 1985 with the First State Bank of Cosmos. In 1996, the First State Bank of Cosmos was sold to Home State Bank in Kandiyohi, MN. He continued as a loan officer in Cosmos and in 2001, Home State Bank opened a branch in Litchfield. He is now the Sr. Vice President with Home State Bank in Lichfield spending most of his time in Litchfield with one day a week in Cosmos. In June of 2015, it will mark his 30th year as a commercial lender.
As a hospital board member, John brings a wealth of experience in finance serving our Meeker County area. “I don’t represent any specific district or organization, but I feel I can provide good representation for the South West part of Meeker County as well as the Litchfield area,” says Spreiter.
He is a current board member of Litchfield Industries/Litchfield Development and a board member for the Meeker County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Finance Committee. In his free time he enjoys, hunting, fishing, golfing, running and biking.
Meeker County Commissioner MMH Board member effective 2013. Beth serves as one of two appointed Meeker County Commissioners on the Hospital Board. Beth represents Meeker County District #1 which includes Wards 2,3 and 4 in the City of Litchfield as well as Darwin and Darwin township. Beth graduated from Granite Falls high school and attended Southwest State University in Marshall. Beth has extensive experience in business as an owner and manager. She has served as the general manager of American Legion Post #104 in Litchfield for over 25 years. Her experiences include all aspects of marketing, public relations, personnel, food service, Board relations and most importantly serving the needs of the members of Post # 104. She has also been involved in numerous expansions and renovations of the Post. Past President of the American Legion Auxiliary Serves on the Pact for Families Board; Board Member, Humane Society; Joint Powers Board of Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership. Quote: I am a big believer in common sense solutions. MMH is a wonderful asset to the City of Litchfield and Meeker County and surrounding areas. The previous Board has been instrumental in positioning MMH for a strong, successful future.
MMH Chief of Medical Staff, appointed to the Meeker Memorial Hospital Board in April 2017.
Dr. Searl is an active member of the medical staff and sees patients at ACMC Health. He is a Family Medicine physician.
Residency: Tacoma Family Medicine, Tacoma, WA; Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Mpls., MN; Undergraduate: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN; American Academy of Family Physicians Board Certified; Certified DOT Medical Examiner on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Al Liestman is the President/CEO for Center National Bank. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from St. Johns University and Graduate School of Banking degree from the University of Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, he received training from the Minnesota Bankers Commercial Lending School and American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School. Al has 30+ years experience as a community banker in the communities of Montevideo, Bemidji, Victoria, Grand Rapids and now Litchfield. Al has been active in the community and received training with the Blandin Community Leadership Development Program (BCLP). He is an active member of the Litchfield Lions Club, American Bankers Association Professional Development Council Member of the Minnesota Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota. He enjoys spending time with family, golf, hunting, and fishing.
Favorite quote: “Your abilities will get you to the top, but it is your character that will keep you there.” – John Wooden
New hospital board member in 2013, William (Bill) Ward will represent the Dassel area. He has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work and Long Term Care Administration. He has extensive experience in long term healthcare as an Administrator at Lakeside Health Care Center of 32 years. In addition, his work experience includes being a police officer in Spencer, Iowa and a columnist on aging issues for six years. In his spare time he is a musician, enjoys fishing and writing.
New hospital board member in 2018, Kiza Olson will represent the Litchfield area. Kiza has a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of St. Thomas in Healthcare Administration. She is the Executive Director at Ecumen and has worked for Renville and Kandiyohi Public Health as a Health with experience in community programming, health education and grant writing. Kiza is a patient and family advocate as a member of the GEM® Council at Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics. She is also on the Senior Providers of McLeod County committee. In her spare time she enjoys time with her family, supporting the sport of hockey and baking pie! We welcome Kiza to the hospital board.
A favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
William Dolan, J.D. is currently an attorney at Dolan & Besser. He received his Associate of Arts Degree at Liberal Education Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree, Political Science at the University of Utah and Juris Doctor Degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul. He previously was the Assistant Meeker County Attorney prior to serving as the Meeker County Attorney. He joined the law firm of Henretta, Cross Ness and Dolan. Following this, he founded the law firm of Dolan & Besser in Litchfield, MN. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, 12th District Bar Association, past board member of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association, past president of the 12th District Bar Association Ethics Committee, past vice president of Meeker County Development Corporation, past president of the 12th District Bar Association, co-chair of the Litchfield Watercade, past Commodore of the Litchfield Watercade, recognized by the Minnesota Supreme Court as the 2001 Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Volunteer of the Year, member 8th District Early Neutral Evaluation Steering Committee, past president First Lutheran Church Council and current Board Member First Lutheran Church Council.
In his free time, he enjoys downhill skiing, golfing, reading, hunting and physical conditioning.
Favorite quote: “Hard work and perseverance have no equals.”
Bryan Larson was appointed to serve on the Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics Board in mid- 2018. Bryan is a life-long resident of Meeker County. He was raised on a farm north of Grove City, graduated from Grove City High School, and furthered this education at the Willmar Vo-Tech, where he earned his Associate in Science degree in Ag Production. After receiving his education, Bryan started his career as a crop and livestock farmer, and in 1980, began working as a licensed carpenter.
In 2013, Bryan began serving as a Meeker County Commissioner where he represents District 3 – including the Townships of Acton, Cedar Mills, Collinwood, Cosmos, Danielson, Ellsworth, and Greenleaf as well as the cities of Cedar Mills and Cosmos. As a Commissioner, Bryan serves on several committees, including: Highway Department, Central Communities Transit, United Community Action Partnership, Pro Works, Meeker County Area Partners in Prevention, Personnel, Counties Providing Technology, Building and Grounds, Solid Waste, and many County and Judicial Ditches.
He has served on the Harvey Township Board, Consumers Co-op Board of Directors, ASCS County Committee, First Lutheran Church Council, Augustana Lutheran Homes Advisory Board, and Farm Credit Services Advisory Board, and is a member of the Litchfield Lions Club. In his free time, Bryan enjoys deer hunting, and crop farming. The best advice he ever received was from his Grandpa Rick – “Just be honest.”
Kurt Waldbillig is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics (MMHC). Waldbillig holds a bachelor’s in social work from the University of North Dakota and a master’s in management with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Mary in Bismarck. Prior to his start at MMHC in Sept., 2018, Waldbillig served as CEO of Swift County Benson Health Services, Jacobson Memorial Hospital (Elgin, ND) and Sakakawea Medical Center (Hazen, ND) and as vice president – physician services at St. Alexis Medical Center (Bismarck). He and Joleen, his wife of 13 years, have 5 adult children and three grandchildren.