The Board of Directors is responsible for hiring and retaining an effective CEO, mission development, and long-range planning, ensuring high-quality care, financial oversight and board education and development. The Board of Directors of Granite Falls Heath works closely with the CEO and other members of the Executive Committee to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care and carrying out our missions, vision, and values.
Why I serve on the hospital board: It is an experience that is enriching and allows me to bring my knowledge of the organization to the Board table.
I am a native of Clara City, Minnesota. Graduate of Minnesota School of Business. Employed July 1964 and retired December 2004. Hired as a transcriptionist, biller, receptionist and retired as Business Office Manager. I am married with two children and four grandchildren
Why I serve on the hospital board: I thought I had an opportunity to make a difference in our community. This is the most rewarding volunteer committee I’ve ever been a part of.
Currently working as a financial associate for Thrivent Financial. I’ve been employed by them from 1997 to present. Prior to that I was the Finance Director for the City of Granite Falls for 9 years and the city accountant for the city of Morris for 7 years. I’ve got a bachelor’s degree in BuEc from the U of M – Morris. Currently married to Mary Jensen for 29 years. I have two children Meghan and Christopher. I love Minnesota sports and history.
Why I serve on the hospital board: City representative
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, moved to Granite Falls in 1997. Joined City Council in 2008. Retired in 2011 and have been active in the community ever since. Worked in construction and lived in seven states.
Why I serve on the hospital board: I serve on the hospital board because I want to help make a difference in providing quality health care to our community.
I grew up in the Brainerd area and graduated from U of M Duluth. I moved to Granite Falls in 1997 and started my career at Bursch Travel. I am married to Bill Flaten and we have one son, Andrew (age 12). I am a member of the Granite Falls Kiwanis Club, Granite Falls Lutheran Church and recently ‘retired’ from a 5 year term with the United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors. In my spare time I like to attend our son’s sporting events, read, travel, and spend time with family/friends. Ice fishing is a new hobby for us and it helps me get through our MN winters!
Appointed May 2017
Why I serve on the hospital board: I’ve always enjoyed “community service”. I heard there were a couple of openings on the board and I felt that serving on this board would be rewarding and challenging.
My wife, Robin, and I moved to Granite Falls in 1985. We raised two boys who are now grown and living out of state. I am the local State Farm Insurance agent and have been for 32 years. I currently service on the Granite Falls E.D.A. and am a member of the local Kiwanis Club. I have served in numerous other organizations over the years including the Granite Falls volunteer fire department (retired after 21 years).
Appointed January 2012
Why I serve on the hospital board: I believe that it is very important to be involved in the community. I was born here and live here and I am looking to the future of this community and being on local boards is one way of doing that. The importance of having great health care available is vital not only for my family and community but also plays a role in the future of business, growth and development for the direction of our community.
I am married to Amy, who works for Gold Leaf Financial. We have two kids, Tyler and Kayla. Tyler is 14 and will be a 9th grader at YME. Kayla is 12 and will be in the 7th grade at YME. We keep very busy with sports and other kids’ activities, church and family. I work in the equipment financing business for 20 + years. I am also a Chippewa County Commissioner.