Minerick named hospital board chairman

Margaret Minerick

IRON MOUNTAIN — Margaret Minerick is the new chairman of the Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees, returning to a role she filled some 25 years ago.

“I am committed to stabilizing this health system and to ensure that DCHS provides care for the people of this community for years to come,” Minerick said.

Elected unanimously Thursday by her fellow trustees, the co-owner of several forest industry firms succeeds William Edberg, who remains a trustee.

“I want to thank Bill for all his years leading this board,” she said. “We will look to his experience.”

Minerick also voiced appreciation for the efforts of former board members Dick Berlinski and Dale Ward Sr.

She made it a point to thank retired CEO John Schon as well. “Without his vision and hard work, DCHS would not have grown into the health system that it is today,” she said.

Minerick chaired the DCHS board as it debated building a new hospital in the early 1990s. She later chaired the county board when the U.S. 2 facility opened in 1996. After an absence from county service, she was appointed in October to fill a trustee vacancy.

David Brisson, who also returned to the hospital board in October, was unanimously elected vice chairman. Brisson formerly served 10 years on the board, much of it as chairman during the U.S. 2 transition.

Sally Blom remains board secretary. Other current members are Jeff Campbell, Dave Holmes, Kim Van Osdol and Dan Wender. Campbell formerly was vice chairman.

The board soon will nominate a candidate for a one-year vacancy, with the appointment subject to the advice and consent of the county board.

County Commissioner Joe Stevens, a liaison to the hospital board, said he’s pleased with recent developments at DCHS. He encouraged further communication as the hospital continues to deal with its financial crisis.

Jim Anderson can be reached at 906-774-3500, ext. 26, or janderson@ironmountaindailynews.com.