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Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Announce New CEO

The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas J. Kooiman to its leadership team.

Kooiman has over 23 years of health care experience, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services in Elbow Lake where he has served since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Finance and Marketing from Bethel University and a Master’s degree in Healthcare and Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Kooiman began his career as a long term care administrator with the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Paynesville Area Hospital and Health Services, in Paynesville, Minnesota.

He will be filling the C.E.O. vacancy due to the retirement of current C.E.O. George Gerlach. Gerlach has been at the helm of the organization for almost 30 years and has served the Medical Staff, Board of Directors, Staff, Patients, Residents, Tenants, Clients, and Community diligently.

“Within the organization there is a culture of commitment and dedication to the patients, residents, clients, tenants, staff and community. The Board of Directors indicated they were committed to find someone who would embrace that same commitment and the rich history, while at the same time bringing new ideas and create vision and be a visible leader across the organization. Tom Kooiman is that candidate of choice,” states Lavonne Koenen, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Board Chair.

She continues, “George Gerlach will retire after 29 years of service from the organization and leaves a well managed facility. His style created a culture of quality and safety for patients, residents, providers and staff. He also achieved the organization’s mission and ensured continued appropriate access to high quality care within the region. Because of his past successes the transition to new leadership will be seamless.”

“I am very excited to work with a progressive organization, whose board, provider group and staff are focused on delivering quality care to the residents and patients of the Granite Falls community,” said Kooiman. “I am looking forward to developing a strategy to best position the organization for the changing healthcare environment.”

Kooiman and his wife Traci have three children. He will assume the role of CEO on November 16 and at present is working with Gerlach on a transition plan that will best serve the organization.

October 26, 2015