Ms. Charisse Oland, FACHE, has been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the new CEO/Administrator. Employees and board members held a welcome reception in her honor on December 20, 2012.
Ms. Oland comes to the community with a long history of healthcare administration leadership, including serving as CEO of two rural hospitals, a children’s hospital and an acute medical rehabilitation hospital. Prior to joining RCMH & NH she was on the regional executive team for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. During her 18 years in South Dakota at the children’s hospital, she traveled the state and spent much time engaged in legislative advocacy to assure medical services were accessible for people in need, regardless of where they lived. Working closely with all levels of government was an important component of her role, as was community involvement. She also has nursing home experience from her early days as a dietitian before she obtained a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
“The varied experiences I’ve had along my career pathway all contribute in some way or another toward my new position with Rusk County. Growing up in a small town also enhances my appreciation for strong local health services that are essential to not only the health and well-being of the people, but also tremendous contributors to economic development.” Charisse served as the chair of the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way fund drive, and on many non-profit as well as professional boards over the years. As a life-long learner, Charisse is currently completing her doctorate in leadership through the University of St. Thomas.
Ms. Oland’s official duties began January 1, 2013. She is serving as the interim Administrator, leading daily operations while working closely with the county as they consider future options for the hospital and nursing home’s potential lease and/or sale. She and her husband, Eivind who is an insurance broker in Eau Claire, have three grown children with their youngest completing college this year and applying to medical schools. “I am very excited to work with the dedicated and talented staff here and to get actively involved in the community. The most important contribution I can make is to help retain the best possible medical services for the citizens of Rusk County. They deserve it!”
Hospital Board Members
- Gordon Dukerschein, Comptroller
- James Edming
- Bradley Goffin
- Julie Hauser
- Stanley Kromrey, Vice-President
- Melanie Meyer
- Edward Tomasovich
- Eldon Skogen, President
- Kenneth Smith