Published on March 12, 2020

Ridgeview Appoints First Woman as New Board Chair and Welcomes Three New Board Members

Portrait of Ridgeview Board Chair Theresa DalenTheresa Dalen has been named as the new chairperson of Ridgeview Medical Center’s Board of Directors, effective Feb. 25. She is the first woman to hold this position on the Ridgeview board. Dalen has served as a member since 2015.

Theresa Dalen and her husband, Dean, lived in Waconia for 35 years, raising their family here while developing a deep passion and commitment to the community and Ridgeview.

Over the years, Dalen has been most impressed by the culture of care at Ridgeview. “Even with our significant growth—including opening new clinics, adding services and assuming operation of other facilities—Ridgeview has continued to be patient-focused,” she said. “And the level of service has never slipped.”

“It’s that personal touch that sets Ridgeview apart from our competitors,” Dalen added. “It’s a priority of the Board that Ridgeview maintains our culture as we continue to grow.”

Dalen anticipates continued opportunities for growth in Ridgeview’s future. “Our Waconia campus is located in Carver County, one of the fastest growing counties in Minnesota, and neighbors the city of Victoria—also experiencing significant growth,” Dalen said. “That presents opportunities to assure we’re addressing that growth and meeting the health care needs of all the communities in our seven-county service area.”

As Dalen assumed her new role as chairperson, the Ridgeview Board also welcomed three new members: David Kirsch, Michael Schuler and Heather Reighard. Each resides in Waconia.