Position/title: Regional director of community health, Essentia Health West Region
Family: Husband, Marty; three grown sons: Gabriel, Jacob (wife, Dre) and Martin (wife, Eliangela) and two granddaughters, Olivia, 3, and Naomi, 1
Explain what you do: I’m working with our five West Region hospitals as they get more involved in driving improvements in community health, such as aging services and advanced care planning, mental health and prevention of Type 2 diabetes.
How long have you lived in Fargo-Moorhead?
All my life.
What brought you to the area?
Born here and have always loved it here.
If you had to narrow it down to just one thing, what do you like best about Fargo-Moorhead?
The warmth and caring of the community.
What amenities in the community do you, your family and/or employees most appreciate?
Very strong park systems with walking paths, gyms and other facilities, both in summer and winter.
Why is your business’ culture important?
A positive culture enriches the meaning of the work and is essential. In health care, it gives us the energy to get out of our own needs and give everything to our patients and their families.
What are some unique benefits/ incentives you offer employees?
We have a wonderful, positive and caring culture where your best friends are at work. We’re working on an initiative to promote employee health, including exercise and better food options.
How does your business’ culture affect your customers?
It’s been proven that positive employees give positive care to others.
When seeking new employees, what is the selling point for your business?
Our positive culture and the meaningful work that we do. Everyone working at Essentia, no matter what their role, is contributing to the mission of “Making a healthy difference in people’s lives.”
What is your selling point for the community?
Great care and caring.
What book most closely reflects your business’ culture?
I really liked Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath.” We’re in a time of such change in health care, and we need to be creatively agile and ready to do things differently and not cling to the status quo.
What challenges does your business face in creating culture and livability for its employees?
We need to figure out how to balance work with home life. We need to direct the pace of the work setting instead of letting our sense of urgency and the rapid turnaround expected drive us.
What’s one thing you think would make Fargo-Moorhead more livable?
More emphasis on healthy choices. We’re not statistically very healthy. Cass Clay Alive is a wonderful initiative to get us all thinking differently.
How has culture and Fargo-Moorhead’s livability changed in your time in the community?
The area has more people, is culturally more diverse, and has a lot more things to do for fun.
Are you a dog or a cat person?
I love cats, but we have a sweet dog named Maggie.
Who would play you in a movie?
A total unknown.
What’s one word that best describes you?
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Networking both in the F-M area and in our other hospital and clinic communities.
What does an ideal Saturday look like?
Spending time with Marty and other family members and friends, going for a run, some time to read and catching up on Words With Friends.
Who’s your business mentor and why?
I really admire Essentia West Region President Dr. Greg Glasner. He is extremely gifted and yet approachable and willing to help anyone. He emulates the culture and values of the organization. I want to follow that example.