WILLMAR CentraCare has appointed Dr. Ulrika Wigert as the executive director, physician dyad lead for its western region and Dr. Debra Peterson as executive director, physician dyad lead for the southwestern region of its Rural Health Division, according to a news release from the company.

Wigert has 18 years of experience as a rural family medicine physician in Sauk Centre. She has 12 years of leadership experience, including her current roles as physician section director — regional family medicine and Sauk Centre physician site leader.

She earned her Certified Physician Executive credential from the American Association for Physician Leadership in 2017. Wigert has also served as a volunteer physician in Guatemala.

Peterson has more than 30 years of experience as a rural family medicine physician in Litchfield. Her past and current leadership experiences include clinic site medical director and chief of staff for Meeker Memorial Hospital; medical director for quality and patient safety and chief medical officer for ACMC Health; physician executive in ambulatory care for Carris Health; and medical director for Ecumen Home Care and Hospice in Litchfield.

She earned her master’s degree in health quality management and patient safety from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Debra Peterson
Dr. Debra Peterson

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As co-leads for CentraCare’s Rural Health Division, Peterson and Wigert are jointly responsible for shared organization, division and regional goals that advance clinical transformation across the care continuum.