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Rice Hospital Board to name new CEO tonight

WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's new chief executive is expected to be named tonight by the hospital board of directors.

Board members are meeting at 5 p.m. at the hospital.

Two finalists are under consideration: Michael Schramm, the chief executive of Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, and William Fenske, the current chief financial officer at Rice Hospital.

The two candidates each underwent two days of interviews earlier this month with the hospital board, the Willmar City Council, hospital managers, medical staff, local clinic officials, the Rice Health Foundation and other stakeholders.

A search committee met last week to review the evaluations from those interviews and recommend its choice. The top position at the city-owned hospital has been open since September, when former executive Lawrence Massa left for a new position as executive director of the Minnesota Hospital Association.