Member News: Sauk Prairie Healthcare Names New CEO

May 26, 2017

Shawn Lerch has been named the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sauk Prairie Healthcare. Lerch, who most recently served as CEO at Miners’ Colfax Medical Center in New Mexico, replaces Larry Schroeder, who retired in January. Lerch will begin his role at Sauk Prairie Healthcare in late June.

“We are very excited to bring Shawn into this role,” said Tammy Adler, president of Sauk Prairie Healthcare Board of Directors. “His experience in rural health care, combined with his focus on quality improvement and patient safety makes him a perfect fit.”

Lerch said Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s commitment to quality is what drew him to the role.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Lerch grew up in Albany, Wisconsin. He obtained his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. He began his career as a physical therapy assistant at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, where he discovered a passion for rural health care.

This story originally appeared in the May 26, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter