Letter From Our Board Chair

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Noreen Kleinfehn Wald, RN, PHN, MA
Scott County Public Health
Board Chair
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It is with great pleasure that I announce the hire of a new Director for the River Valley Nursing Center. Bill Swanstrom started on April 1st. He brings to us a strong background in finance and banking, and is also a Licensed Graduate Social Worker with 8 years of experience. He has recently completed a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Bill is quickly learning the operations of the center, bringing new energy as we set the direction for the future with the Board of Directors. Welcome Bill!

During our months without a Director I saw first-hand the commitment and hard work of our staff – Heidi, Mary, Maritza and Adriana. They are dedicated to serving those with limited access to health care, many of whom also have unique and challenging social, emotional or economic needs. They forged ahead constructively and worked as a team serving at least 505 clients this past year in both clinic visits and community outreach events.

Our Board of Directors assumed transitional responsibilities while we searched for a new Director. The Board also focused on structural changes reducing our expenses by 22% while maintaining high quality services to a vulnerable population. They remain focused on strategic planning to move the Center forward in 2019.

This message would be remiss if I did not mention the valuable financial contributions that St. Francis Regional Medical Center, many churches, social organizations, private businesses and individual donors make to the Center. Thank you all for your support!