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HHU Thanks Outgoing Board Chair, Welcomes New Members

The HHU Board of Directors recently said good-bye to the current chairman and welcomed two new members. Steve Olson of Dean Health Care, the outgoing chairman who has been on the Board for over 16 years, shares some of his well-earned wisdom:

HHU: What is something the Board has done or contributed to at HHU that stands out as memorable?

Steve: We've started some really innovative programs, like the flu program and infusion pharmacy, and have programs that help the community as part of HHU's non-profit mission, like Meals On Wheels. Home Medical Equipment really took off after getting the Dean contract, and we've opened new branches including the Hospice House.

HHU: How has HHU changed during your tenure?

Steve: Lots of Board members have come and gone, and before Rick (Bourne, current President and CEO) there were issues with growing too fast, the infrastructure couldn’t keep up. Rick came in and cleaned it up; HHU has come a long way, it’s in much better shape than it was four to five years ago.

HHU: How have you seen the HHU – Dean partnership evolve over the years?

Steve: HHU has become, and will become more so, an integral part of Dean and St. Mary's. If we want to provide better care at lower cost, HHU has to be a part of that equation.

Steve has been an integral part of HHU's growth over the years he's been on the Board, and Home Health United would like to thank him for his dedicated service. HHU would also like to welcome incoming Board members Alison Ruehl RN BSN MBA, President of SSM Home Care, and Margaret Sheeks RN BSN, Vice President of Patient Services at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital (SPMH).

Alison has been with SSM Health Care System for 31 years, and has been the president of SSM Home Care for 12 years. She is a Registered Nurse, has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Alliance for Home Care, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for Leading Innovative Networking Consortium, a national home care networking organization.

"Because of its exceptional care and services, HHU is invaluable to its communities," said Alison. "I'm very much looking forward to serving on HHU's Board of Directors on behalf of SSM Health Care to continue this vital work."

Margaret has 25 years of experience in health care, and has been employed with SPMH since 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UW-Madison.

"Home Health United provides access to a wide range of needed health services in our community," said Margaret. "I look forward to serving on its board of directors and hope to bring a unique perspective from my extensive career in nursing and management."

"We are sad to be losing a great asset like Steve, and we can't even begin to express how appreciative we are for his service over the years," said Rick Bourne. "At the same time, we are excited to welcome Alison and Margaret to the Board and to see how their expertise and experience can benefit HHU."