CentraCare names transitional leader for New River Medical Center

Mary Ellen Wells
Mary Ellen Wells

St. Cloud-based CentraCare Health System has named Mary Ellen Wells as the transitional leader for New River Medical Center in Monticello, effective Feb. 1.
Wells replaces Marshall Smith, who announced his resignation Monday.  CentraCare announced Wells’ hiring in a news release issued Wednesday morning. Smith will remain with the organization as a consultant to CentraCare Health System during New River Medical Center’s transition to a CentraCare affiliate.
Wells most recently was Vice President Client Development for Experienced Resources, a Bloomington, Minn., organization that matches seasoned executives to companies’ projects and interim management needs. She has served as President and CEO of Hutchinson Area Health Care, President of Buffalo Hospital and interim president at the hospitals in Long Prairie, Owatonna and River Falls. Wells has a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in education and counseling from the University of Michigan.
The New River Medical Center Board of Directors selected CentraCare as their partner after considering proposals from Allina, CentraCare, Fairview and North Memorial. CentraCare is managing the operations of New River Medical Center, and is responsible for the selection and employment of the senior executive, under an agreement that went into effect Jan. 1. Officials from both organizations are working on details of a lease agreement that would make New River Medical Center an affiliate of CentraCare Health System, which encompasses St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Clinic, St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud and Monticello, and the hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities in Long Prairie, Melrose and Sauk Centre are CentraCare affiliates.