SCBHS board approves ‘dyad’ for new administrators

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services voted Monday night to name Chief Nursing Officer Mellissa McGinty-Thompson and Chief Financial Officer Dan Enderson as co-CEOs effective July 1.

They will take over for Interim CEO Mary Ellen Wells, though Wells will continue working with SCBHS in the coming months as a consultant as it moves toward affiliation with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud, or Carris Health of Willmar. CentraCare owns Carris.

Wells was hired last September to replace Kurt Waldbillig, who had taken a job in Litchfield. Part of her job was to guide the governing board through the process of deciding to remain independent or affiliated with another health care provider.

The May vote to pursue affiliation came after months of study, public input, and research into the option of continuing to exist as a stand-alone operation directed by Wells with the assistance of the staff and governing board.

 “The transition work I had to do has largely been accomplished,” Wells told the board Monday night and it is time to transition from her position as interim CEO to a consultant.

She said the move to a model with co-administrators is one that is a growing trend around the country, especially in facilities that are integrating with other healthcare providers.

The co-administrators represent the two sides of the healthcare business: the providing of medical care to patients and the administration of business of operating the facility. Called a “dyad” model, it usually has a physician and administrator overseeing a facilty. However, in Benson with its limited medical staff, the physician’s time is in extremely high demand with patient care...

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