2013-01-24 / Top News

Employees at Linton Hospital and clinics are recognized


Receiving their Years of Service Awards are, left to right, Joan Wittmeier (35 years); Darcy Meidinger and Roger Martin (30 years), and Marlys Weber, Sandi Feist and Darlene Brandner (20 years). Missing from the photo is Lisa Edholm-Moch (25 years). Receiving their Years of Service Awards are, left to right, Joan Wittmeier (35 years); Darcy Meidinger and Roger Martin (30 years), and Marlys Weber, Sandi Feist and Darlene Brandner (20 years). Missing from the photo is Lisa Edholm-Moch (25 years). As the health care business becomes increasingly challenging, CEO/Administrator Robert (Bob) Black is confident that the Linton Hospital and its affiliated clinics can meet those challenges because of their committed staff.

“We are blessed with highly competent employees and medical staff who truly care about our patients,” Black said. “I see them make a positive difference in the lives of people every day. Their compassion is inspiring and it is a privilege to lead such a dedicated group.”

Black feels it is important to recognize employees. They are honored annually at the hospital Christmas party.

“We have a very dedicated group of employees at the Linton Hospital and Clinics, many of whom have devoted decades of their lives to providing excellent patient care to the people we serve,” Black said.


Linton Hospital CEO/Administrator Robert Black presents Jackie Grunefelder, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, with the 2012 Employee of the Year Award. Linton Hospital CEO/Administrator Robert Black presents Jackie Grunefelder, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, with the 2012 Employee of the Year Award. Employee of the Year

Each year, staff have the opportunity to nominate employees for consideration by the board for employee of the year.

Jackie Grunefelder, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, was presented with the 2012 Employee of the YearAward. She has been employed with the Linton Hospital since 1996.

In acknowledging her dedication, staff recognized Grunefelder for being organized, responsible, intelligent, caring and compassionate. Her patients are her number one priority, and she routinely goes above and beyond to achieve excellent patient care.


Receiving their Years of Service Awards are, left to right, Travis Dockter, Bev Vilhauer and Nicky Haak (5 years) and Viola Kuntz (10 years). Not pictured are Sandra Job and Linda Roecker (10 Years) and Paula Moch and John Noyes (5 years). Receiving their Years of Service Awards are, left to right, Travis Dockter, Bev Vilhauer and Nicky Haak (5 years) and Viola Kuntz (10 years). Not pictured are Sandra Job and Linda Roecker (10 Years) and Paula Moch and John Noyes (5 years). Grunefelder graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1996 from the University of Mary. After graduating, she began work at the Linton Hospital as a registered nurse. While working as a registered nurse, she attended the University of Mary and obtained her Master’s of Nursing and Family Practice in 2005. Grunefelder began her career as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at the Linton Hospital in 2005.

Along with carrying a full load as an FNP, Grunefelder is a full-time mother, grandmother and farm wife. She also serves her country as a Captain in the North Dakota Army National Guard, Medical Detachment AMMED, Bismarck.

“Jackie is very dedicated to her patients, the employees she works with and the Linton Hospital and clinics,” Black said. “She is a highly respected member of our staff.”

Years of Service Awards

Years of Service Awards were presented by Linton Hospital Board President Spencer Larson and Black at the employee recognition event.

35 years

Joan Wittmeier, Director of CSR, Surgery and Herreid Clinic.

30 years

Roger Martin, Director of EMS, Plant and Housekeeping.

Darcy Meidinger, Linton Medical Center.

25 years

Lisa Edholm-Moch, Surgery.

20 years

Darlene Brandner, Central Supply.

Sandi Feist, Lab.

Marlys Weber, Linton Medical Center.

10 years

Viola Kuntz, Nursing Services.

Linda Roecker, Lab.

Sandra Job, Housekeeping.

5 years

Paula Moch, Nursing Services.

Travis Dockter, Ambulance Service.

Nicky Haak, Risk/QA, Swingbed Coordinator.

Bev Vilhauer, CFO/COO.

John Noyes, Ambulance Service.

New Hires

In 2012, the Linton Hospital also welcomed several new employees to their various departments.

Additions to the nursing services included Chief Nursing Officer and Registered Nurse Lukas Fischer; Registered Nurses Lindsey Ryckman and Michelle Cummings and Nurses Aides Jessica Serr, Haleigh Holzer and Danielle Volk. In administration, CEO/Administrator Robert Black and Sherry Gefre in the business office were welcomed. Malia Pearson was rehired in the lab. Also rehired was Ross Mattheis to the ambulance services, along with new hire Alex Craigmile. New to the Prairie RoseApartments were Connie Johnson and Ashley Henderson.

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