FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Litchfield, MN (June 22, 2018) – Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics (MMHC) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Kurt Waldbillig as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Waldbillig, who currently serves as CEO of Swift County Benson Health Services, will succeed Kyle Rasmussen who retired on May 1, 2018.
“After an exhaustive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to lead this strong, independent and financially successful organization into the future,” said Beth Oberg, chair of MMHC’s board of directors and Meeker County Commissioner. “Kurt’s vision, leadership and experience in growing local access to high quality services will serve our community well.”
The selection of Waldbillig caps a search process facilitated by Mark Madden, Executive Vice President, Managing Principal at Cejka Executive Search (a Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCRN) company), recognized as one of the nation’s leading healthcare executive search firms. With 54 initial prospects, the field was narrowed to a group that ultimately interviewed with the board’s search committee and then to a final round with other key stakeholders.
“Kurt emerged as the best choice in a pool of interested and well qualified candidates,” said John Spreiter, MMHC’s board vice-chair and chair of the search committee. “He’s a successful healthcare executive and brings with him proven experience in leading rural, critical-access facilities. He’s demonstrated a commitment to growth, innovation and financial performance all while ensuring that patient care remains at the heart of every decision.”
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics,” said Waldbillig. “I’m excited to join a group of dedicated and mission-driven staff and providers and to build on the wonderful story that is Meeker Memorial.”
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 time at Swift County Benson Health Services, Waldbillig served as CEO of 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. The Waldbilligs plan to relocate to Litchfield this fall.
Meeker County Commissioners will ratify MMHC’s Board of Directors decision to appoint Waldbillig at its July 3rd meeting.
For media inquiries, contact Marc Vaillancourt, MMHC’s chief development officer at (320) 693-4584.
About Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics
Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics (MMHC) is a county-owned, not-for-profit, 35-bed healthcare facility in Litchfield, Minnesota. As a community hospital it’s at the forefront of medical technology, service and care and offers sophisticated diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitation, behavioral health and specialty services with the personal attention and respect that patients deserve. In addition to being an acute care, critical access hospital, MMHC offers 24-hour emergency, inpatient services and outpatient services designed to bring specialty care close to home by offering physicians and program specialists for consultation, diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. For more information, please visit: http://www.meekermemorial.org.
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