Good Samaritan Health Center Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

Two departing members also thanked for service to Merrill Community

The Good Samaritan Health Center Board of Directors welcomed two new members to its ranks, reappointed another member and said goodbye to a pair of valuable members whose terms came to an end.

New members joining the Good Samaritan Board include Dave’s County Market Owner and Vice President Barb Haffemann and Sister Maria Vinton of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother who lives in Tomahawk. Board member Michael Willman of Merrill has been reappointed to his third term on the board. All new terms are for a three-year period and will run through 2011.

“Our Board of Directors plays an important role for Good Samaritan Health Center,” Said Michael Hammer, president. “All our members are well respected members of the Merrill area community and provide valuable input on a wide range of community issues that affect our operations.”

The Good Samaritan Board also said goodbye to two valuable members whose terms came to an end in Sister Dorothy Ann Dirx and Erving Ravn, M.D.

“Doctor Ravn has been a driving force in healthcare in the Merrill community for a number of years and we thank him for his 11 years of service to the Board,” said Hammer. “Along with Sister Dorothy Ann Dirx, their contributions are significant and we will miss them greatly.”

Linda Semling Peterson, executive vice president, Semling-Menke Company will serve a second year as Chairperson while Willman will serve as vice-chair.

A Merrill High School graduate, Haffemann has been with Dave’s County Market since 1975. She has served as a Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce ambassador and member of the Board of Education and Youth Group at Trinity Lutheran School. She also currently is treasurer for Merrill Boy’s Basketball. Her husband Brian is a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and they have two children.

Sister Maria Vinton facilitates art therapy groups on the behavioral health inpatient unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander, in addition to service to her community in the administration position she holds for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, U.S./Caribbean Province. She earned an art education degree (K-12) and master’s degree in art therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. She is certified as a registered art therapist and is board certified by the American Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Sister Maria Vinton is a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), is an associate member of the Sandplay Therapists of America, and past member of the board of the Wisconsin Art Therapy Associates (WATA).

“We are thrilled to have Barb Haffemann and Sister Maria Vinton join the ranks of our board at Good Samaritan Health Center,” added Hammer. “They bring expertise from critical areas of our community that will be of valuable service to our board and the Hospital community.”

Other members of the Good Samaritan Board of Directors include Robert Johnson, pharmacist, Aurora Pharmacy, Merrill; Paul A. Thompson, M.D., family practice physician, Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center; Julie Bushor, Controller, Reindl Printing, Merrill; Greg Gill, M.D., family practice physician, Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center, President-Good Samaritan Health Center Medical Staff and Michael Hammer, President, Good Samaritan Health Center.

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