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New Gundersen St. Joseph's administrator focuses on care, relationships

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Kristie McCoic

Kristie McCoic's connection to Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics and its communities goes beyond her nearly 20 years of staff support.

"I was actually born at what was then St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital," the Hillsboro area native shares. "This is one of many reasons I care so deeply for the people that make this such a special place to work and call home."

Kristie will lead Gundersen St. Joseph's as administrator starting Feb. 10. She has worked in Human Resources since 2000, first as director and most recently as clinic operations officer.

"Kristie brings a wealth of healthcare leadership to this role, along with solid relationships in Gundersen St. Joseph's communities," says Kraig Schuster, vice president, Gundersen Critical Access Hospitals and Associated Clinics. "We are excited to see the impact of Kristie's dedication and passion on the quality patient care we provide close to home."

Robin Nelson has been Gundersen St. Joseph's interim administrator. Robin will continue her role as chief financial officer, while Kristie will also continue her clinic operations officer work until a replacement is hired.

"Kristie is quite familiar with Gundersen St. Joseph's history and has been closely involved with our planning for the future," says Jim Mlsna, chair, Gundersen St. Joseph's Board of Directors. "As we look forward to the new Hillsboro Hospital and Clinic opening soon and very bright years ahead, Kristie's enthusiasm and experience will be so important as we care for our patients, our staff and our community."

"Relationships drive rural healthcare," Kristie says. "Positive relationships between staff, with our patients, and with our communities will be so important in 2020 and for years to come. We have exciting work ahead as we continue to focus on our mission to provide exceptional quality and service to everyone in our care."

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