Three new board members named to DHA&F

Three new board members named to DHA&F Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation (DHA&F) is pleased to introduce three new board members.

At the DHA&F annual meeting in September 2003, the board of directors approved the expansion of the board from the current nine members to 11. In the months since the annual meeting, the board has welcomed Mike Carlson, City of Vermillion, Gerald Yutrzenka, Ph.D., USD, and Diane K. Duin, Ph.D., USD, as new board members.

Carlson and Yutrzenka were recruited to fill positions vacated through early resignations of current members. Duin was recruited as a new board member. DHA&F also hopes to recruit a representative from Nebraska to fill the 11th position.

"Mr. Carlson, Dr. Yutrzenka and Dr. Duin bring skills, experiences and competencies to the board which enhances the board's ability in striving towards the organization's mission of improving the health of the individuals and communities served by Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center," said Timothy J. Tracy, CEO of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center. "We welcome the addition of such talented individuals with confidence they will make positive contributions in creating a vision for the future of healthcare in this region."

Carlson has been finance officer for the City of Vermillion for 13 years. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from USD and was a certified public accountant prior to working for the city. Carlson's wife, Kathy Griffin, is employed in the accounting office at USD. They have three children and reside in Vermillion.

Yutrzenka is an associate professor in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences within the School of Medicine at USD. In addition to teaching, Yutrzenka has served as the director of admissions for the medical school (1991-2000) and currently serves as the director of minority affairs and director of the INMED (Indians into Medicine) satellite office at USDSM-Alumni Foundation. He also serves as a health professions advisor at USD and directs the USDSM sponsored Alumni Student Scholars Program.

Yutrzenka and his wife Barbara (director of the clinical psychology training program at USD and acting dean of the USD School of Graduate Studies) have two sons and have resided in Vermillion since 1984.

Duin is director of the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) program and chair of the Health Services Administration (HSAD) program at USD. She is an assistant professor within the HSAD program. Duin holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a master of science degree in health care administration. She is a licensed nursing home administrator in South Dakota.

Duin is a member of the Undergraduate Review Panel for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; the American College of Healthcare Executives; the South Dakota Healthcare Financial Management Association and the South Dakota Regent's Advisory Council for the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also serves on numerous committees within USD and has served as a member of the editorial board for the American College of Healthcare Executives Management Series.

Duin and her husband Denny, director of public safety at USD, have one daughter and three grandchildren who also reside in Vermillion.

DHA&F is a 501-C3 charitable tax exempt corporation governed by a board of directors made up of community volunteers and chief of the medical staff of Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital. DHA&F owns the hospital, care center, clinic and senior living apartments, as well as former hospital and clinic facilities and the grounds making up Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

The Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center service area includes Clay and Union counties in South Dakota and communities in northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska.

The DHA&F Board of Directors also includes Hazen Bye, treasurer, Gene Lunn, vice-president, Fern Kaufman, secretary, Wayne Heckathorn, John Gors, president, Curt Robinson, and Bud Marshall.

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