RMC Governing Board of Trustee Updates

Posted 5/3/2016 in Governing Board

On Monday, March 21, Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Governing Board of Trustees regretfully accepted the formal resignation of Trustee, Kathy Waterman. Waterman has been a valuable member of our Board since June 2001, where her interest has been in the services RMC provides our community, with a personal interest in home healthcare, mental health, and patients with Alzheimer’s.

“Kathy has been a committed and extremely effective Board member. She has been a strong proponent of volunteerism, a supporter of our Auxiliary, a patient advocate, and member of our Corporate Quality Committee,” stated Lon Butikofer, RN, PhD, Chief Executive Officer. “She has worked with me personally and professionally, and has allowed me to bounce ideas off of her regarding our services and community outreach. I appreciate the years of service Kathy has provided our Governing Board of Trustees. Although she will be greatly missed, I look forward to seeing her around RMC, at the HILLTOP Gift Shop, and the committees on which she continues to serve.”

In addition, RMC is pleased to introduce Ruth Hoekstra, RN, as the newest member of the Board. Ruth was sworn in on Monday, March 21. Hoekstra is a Registered Nurse, graduating from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1970. She worked at the Pella Community Hospital from 1970-1971 while her husband, Roger, finished college. They moved to Manchester in 1971, where Ruth worked at RMC for almost 42 years in several different departments, with the last 25 years being spent in the Surgery and Outpatient Department. Ruth and Roger have been married for 45 years, have four grown children, and 13 grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, visiting with their children and grandchildren, walking, biking, golfing, and reading. Ruth is active in her church, serving on several committees, singing in the choir, and being a substitute pianist.

Ruth is interested in maintaining the quality of our caring and professional staff, the backbone of our institution, by providing a progressive and equitable working environment, with opportunity for input and ideas from all staff. Ruth would like to see RMC be open to new opportunities, and continue to be an excellent provider of care, and a positive economic factor in our community. Ruth has always been proud of our hospital and of the quality of care given to patients, noting this has always been RMC’s goal. Ruth feels the leadership of RMC has allowed the hospital to remain viable in the ever-changing world of rural medicine. Ruth hopes to be able to give back to the hospital and community by serving as a Board member.