Windom Area Hospital is run independently by a local, seven-member, Governing Board. The City of Windom appoints members of the Governing Board. Members serve a minimum three-year term, with a term limit of nine years. Because we are a city-owned hospital, Governing Board members must live within Windom city limits. The governing board invites a citizen of Mountain Lake to attend all board functions as a non-voting ambassador of the Mountain Lake community. All Board members volunteer their time to guide the hospital in areas of finance, professional practices, strategic planning, public relations, and service and facility improvement. The Governing Board also appoints a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is responsible to the Board for operations of the hospital. Meet Governing Board members by clicking the tabs below.
Ryan McNamara, Chair
Ryan was appointed to the Governing Board in 2011, currently serves as Vice Chair and as a member of the Finance, Personnel, Labor Relations and Buildings & Grounds Committee.
Ryan said he was honored to be appointed to the Governing Board. “Ensuring that Windom has a viable hospital is important to me as a community member,” McNamara stated.
Ryan is interested in using his background in finance for the good of the hospital, “I’ve been impressed by the great group of staff and board members at the hospital. I’m hoping my background in finance will provide a unique perspective that can help to build the hospital’s success.”
Ryan is originally from Watertown, South Dakota and lives in Windom with his wife Amy, and two children; Makenna and Gavin.
He is employed as a Certified Financial Planner ® with Bank Midwest Wealth Management in Windom and enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, playing volleyball, hunting and traveling.
Kathy Ratzlaff, Treasurer
Kathy is very familiar with the world of healthcare. She worked as an RN in various healthcare settings for over 37 years. She spent several of those years at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, where she worked with the Mentally Ill and Dangerous population. Kathy specializes in numerous areas of healthcare, including Diabetes, Mental Illness and Alzheimer’s dementia. Kathy finished her nursing career at the Mikkelsen Manor in Windom and has retired. Kathy’s background in nursing and healthcare will be beneficial as she serves as Governing Board Treasurer, Chair of the Board’s Planning Committee, and also as a member of the Professional Practice and Quality Committee.
“When I moved back to Windom, I knew I wanted to become involved in my community,” says Ratzlaff. “I was very excited to receive the call from the Mayor inviting me to be a part of the Windom Area Hospital board. It was an honor to be considered for the position.”
Ratzlaff looks forward to contributing to the continued success of the hospital. “I have been very impressed with the variety of services offered at Windom Area Hospital,” says Ratzlaff. “The outreach programs are especially important. I believe that bringing specialists to Windom, rather than requiring us to seek care in other communities, is one of the hospital’s greatest strengths. It is my goal to help guide the hospital as it continues to provide quality programs and care to our community.”
Kathy was born and raised in Windom, and moved back to town in 2005 after retiring from her nursing position with the State of Minnesota. Kathy enjoys being able to spend time with her large extended family around the Windom area. She also enjoys reading and traveling, but says she is still looking for the perfect hobby to fill her quieter moments.
Peggy Pfeffer, Trustee
Since her appointment to the Windom Area Hospital Governing Board in April, 2008, Peggy Pfeffer has been steadfastly serving the health needs of our community. “This has definitely been a learning experience for me,” says Peggy, “but I am very impressed with the administration and its excellent leadership of Windom Area Hospital.”
As a board member, Peggy serves as the Chair of the Governing Board’s Finance/Personnel and Labor Relations/ Buildings and Grounds Committee. This committee is responsible for overseeing the financial aspects of hospital operation, as well as issues pertaining to personnel and facilities. ”
Peggy was honored to be appointed to the Governing Board, and is impressed by the services and leadership at Windom Area Hospital. “In my time on the board, I hope to continue the fine tradition that past board members have had in leading our hospital into the future. My goal is to provide quality care and commitment to the area community, and to give the administration and staff the resources they need to continue their tradition of high-quality care and concern for each patient entering the Windom Area Hospital doors.”
Originally from West Bend, Iowa, Peggy currently lives in Windom with her husband Greg and three sons, Andy, Jeff, and Eric. She works as the Business Manager for the Windom Area School District. In her rare moments of free time, Peggy enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with friends and family.
Diane Noyes, Trustee
Diane Noyes joined the Board in April 2013 and serves on the Professional Practice and Quality Committee.Diane is enthusiastic about serving the community through board service. “I know the hospital is looking for opportunities to offer expanded services and I want to support leadership’s efforts to make those ideas a reality. Citizens want to stay closer to home to receive treatment if possible,” Diane commented.
A retired registered nurse, Diane worked at St. Mary’s in Rochester, the Mt. Lake hospital and in Windom. She volunteers at the food shelf and helps elderly individuals that cannot drive get to appointments. She considers herself in the process of ‘learning the game of bridge’, and likes to garden, do puzzles and read.
Diane is married to Dick Noyes, who serves on the Hospital’s Foundation Board. They have three grown children (Becky, Brad and Beth) and seven grandchildren.
Julie Brugman, Non-Voting Mountain Lake Representative
Windom Area Hospital is pleased to have Julie Brugman as Mountain Lake’s Advisory Member to the Governing Board. Julie joined the Board in an advisory capacity in 2007.
Because Windom Area Hospital is a municipally-owned hospital, our by-laws require that Board Members reside in the City of Windom. However, recognizing that Windom Area Hospital serves communities outside of the City of Windom, the Governing Board has created an Advisory Member position to include a Mountain Lake resident.
As an Advisory Member, Julie will represent the community of Mountain Lake in matters of healthcare at Windom Area Hospital. She will participate in monthly Board meetings, and is invited to attend any Board committee meetings. These include Planning, Joint Finance/Personnel and Labor Relations and Building and Grounds, and Professional Practice and Quality committees. She is also invited to participate in the Board’s annual Strategic Planning session. As Advisory Member, Julie may vote on any committee issues, but does not hold a voting position for formal Governing Board votes.
“I was born and raised in Mountain Lake, and I am very proud of this community,” says Julie. “I didn’t hesitate to say yes when asked to serve as the representative on the hospital board, because I feel that everyone should look for opportunities in which they are able to help serve their community.” Included in Julie’s goals while she serves as the Advisory Member are to be a positive liaison and voice for her community, because “a strong relationship between the community of Mountain Lake and the Windom Area Hospital is beneficial for all concerned.”
Julie lives in Mountain Lake with her husband, Dennis. After a career in banking, Julie now stays busy directing plays at Mountain Lake High School, serving on the Mountain Lake School Board, and spending time with her five grandsons. In her rare moments of spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, gardening, and spending time with friends.
Ann Bartelt, Trustee
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