New River Medical Center affiliation forums next Monday, Tuesday

New River Medical Center will host two forums early next week to discuss the ongoing process involving the local hospital’s affiliation with another health system partner.
Officials from each city and township in the Hospital District to a city and township affiliation forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the hospital.
While New River Medical Center’s District Board will not convene during this forum, there may be a board quorum present, said Joni Pawelk, New River’s director of marketing.
A task force formed by the New River Medical Center’s non-profit board of directors recently narrowed the affiliation partner field from four to two.
The task force reached out to a number of systems including Allina, CentraCare, Fairview, Mayo, North and Sanford. New River Medical Clinic’s non-profit task force received interest from Allina, CentraCare, Fairview and North.  The four interested systems visited with the Affiliation Task Force during the month of September and early October.
Fairview Health Services and CentraCare Health Systems were announced as affiliation finalists Thursday, Oct. 11, during a board of directors presentation.
The public can attend a 7 p.m. community forum Tuesday, Oct. 30 at New River Medical Center to learn about the affiliation process and its second phase.
The task force has been exploring the pros and cons of affiliating with a larger system for a number of months.
Its members include Ervin Danielowski, hospital board chairman, Candace Benoit, board member, Steve Heath, community member, Bob Esse, community member, Dr. Mark Bonneville, M.D., Dr. Troy Ivey, as well as seven non-voting and advisory board members from New River Medical Clinic: CEO Marshall Smith, Nancy Friesen, chief financial officer; Lynn Wieczorek, chief compliance officer; Dr. Mark Dietz, chief medical officer, Euretta Sorenson, chief nursing officer and Karen Lindgren, executive assistant.
The affiliation task force and nonprofit board plan to make a final affiliation recommendation to the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital District Board of Directors in December. If the board is supportive of the affiliation recommendation, New River will begin the process of due diligence at the beginning of the new year.