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Northwest Medical Center leader named to
Minnesota Hospital Association board
Jodie R. Torkelson is also TRF city administrator
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Thief River Falls city administrator Jodie R. Torkelson, who is also
a board member of MeritCare Thief River Falls Northwest Medical Center, was recently
named to the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) board of directors.
The organization represents Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems.
The hospital association depends on wise leadership from members like Torkelson, said
MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa.
“Jodie is a dedicated health care executive with a valuable expertise,” Massa said. “We
know her insights and skills will only add to Minnesota hospitals’ tradition of
Torkelson has an extensive background in public and nonprofit service, medical center
materials said. Before moving back to her hometown of Thief River Falls, Torkelson was
the vice president and chief operating officer of the Children’s Defense Fund in
Washington, D.C. There, she directed a multi-million dollar fund-raising operation while
overseeing fiscal and general matters.
Before that, Torkelson was the chief of staff and senior advisor to the director of the
Voice of America. The organization’s radio network broadcasts news and information
worldwide in 53 languages. While there, Torkelson directed the introduction of
broadcast-quality television into the organization, and she managed VOA’s transition into
an independent federal agency, materials said.
Torkelson joins five other new members of the 31-member hospital association board.
All of the new 2009 board members are:
Kenneth Paulus, president and COO of Allina Hospitals & Clinics of
Daniel D. Odegaard, CEO of Bigfork Valley Hospital
Rachelle Schultz, president and CEO of Winona Health
Carl Vaagenes (Region 3), CEO and president of St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little
Frank Lawatsch (Region 5), CEO of Swift County-Benson Hospital
The complete 2009 board roster is available at www.mnhospitals.org/index/mission.
Most MHA board members serve two three-year terms.
The Minnesota Hospital Association is a trade association representing Minnesota’s
hospitals and health systems.
Minnesota Hospital Association, 2550 W. University Ave., Suite 350-S., St. Paul, Minnesota
55114-1900; (651) 641-1121; Fax: (651) 659-1477; www.mnhospitals.org