Bierle named new
ASHH board chair Mary Pat Bierle was named the new board chair for the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Directors at its July meeting. Bierle holds the distinction of being the first female lay person to hold the position as board chair. She replaces Jim Means who served three years as chair and will remain on the board. In addition, three new board members were welcomed: Sister Debra Kolecka, O.S.B., Sacred Heart Monastery; John Nagengast, Bloomfield, Neb.; and Michael Schurrer, M.D., Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Emergency Department. Bierle, a political science instructor at The University of South Dakota and daughter of former Avera Health General Counsel Don Bierle, said she looks forward to serving as chair. â�?�?I have a deep loyalty to Avera Sacred Heart because of my lifelong connection to its sponsors,â�? Bierle said. â�?�?The Benedictine Sisters were my teachers at Sacred Heart School and Mt. Marty High School. My dad was professionally associated with the Presentation Health System for most of his career. We are so lucky to have such incredible health care facilities in this region with a physician population that is remarkable. As the new board chair, I want to do my part to ensure that this high quality care remains available for my family, my neighbors and our children and grandchildren.â�? Amy Freeburg, Gayville, is the new vice-chair. Other members of the board include: Dan Wallbaum, Yankton; Pamela Rezac, Ed.D. ASHH president and CEO; Rob Stephenson, Yankton; Sr. Joan Reichelt, PBVM, Sioux Falls; Sr. Lucille Welbig, PBVM, Sioux City, IA; Sr. Corrine Lemmer, O.S.B., Sacred Heart Monastery; Dr. Carroll Isburg, chief of staff, ex-officio; and John Porter, CEO/Avera Health, ex-officio. Leaving the board after serving their terms are Dan Eisenbraun (past chair, eight years), Paul Steffen (eight years), Joe Janssen (four years) and Dr. Delwyn Nagengast (two years). â�?�?Our outgoing board members are all about commitment, dedication and service,â�? said Pamela Rezac. â�?�?It has been my privilege to work with these fine individuals who have contributed to the growth of our regional health center. Our physicians, staff, and most importantly, our patients, thank them for their compassion and commitment to our community and mission.â�?