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Andreas to lead western Minnesota's River Valley Health Network

Lori Andreas, who previously served as CEO of Appleton Area Health, will serve as the executive director for the River Valley Health Network. It is a collaboration of four independent rural health care organizations in Montevideo, Appleton, Dawson and Madison.

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Lori Andreas

MONTEVIDEO — Lori Andreas will serve as the executive director of the River Valley Health Network , a collaboration of four independent rural health care organizations based in Montevideo, Appleton, Dawson and Madison, the organization recently announced in a news release.

Andreas will oversee the cooperation and collaboration of the River Valley Health Network members; provide strategic planning for collaboration, development and support of various products, programs and services; and create grant proposals as needed. In addition, the executive director supports the network by providing budgetary oversight for the organization and River Valley Health Network programs, the announcement stated.

Andreas will begin her new role Aug. 2. She had resigned her position as chief executive officer of Appleton Area Health earlier this year. She had been among those working to develop the relationship of the four independent health care organizations.

Andreas has 15 years of health care experience, including serving as CEO at Appleton Area Health and president of the Minnesota Rural Health Cooperative.

River Valley Health Network works to enhance the health care services provided by the member organizations while allowing them to remain independently operated. It also supports the organizations to pursue grant opportunities, recruit new providers, and identify and meet health care needs for southwestern Minnesota.

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The four organizations that comprise River Valley Health Network are Appleton Area Health of Appleton, CCM Health of Montevideo, Johnson Memorial Health Services of Dawson, and Madison Healthcare Services of Madison.

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