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Dale Hustedt named CEO of Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics

Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics welcomes its new Chief Executive Officer Dale Hustedt, FACHE, in July. He replaces Rick Nevers who has provided interim leadership at Aspirus Medford since December 2016. 

Hustedt comes to Aspirus Medford with 30 years of leadership experience in health care. Most recently he was president and CEO of Avera Holy Family Hospital, a non-profit critical access hospital in Estherville, Iowa. Under his leadership, Avera received numerous awards and commendations, including recognition as a Top 20 critical access hospital from the National Rural Health Association and a 5-Star rating for patient experience from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics is a high performer, as evidenced by its national Top 100 and Top 20 critical access hospital recognitions,” Hustedt said. “I’m honored to be chosen to lead the staff of such a successful organization and I’m looking forward to helping Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics continue to be one of the best small rural hospitals in the country. Likewise, the Aspirus Health System is recognized as one of the top health systems in the United States. It is exciting to be selected as a leader in such a cutting-edge organization.”

Hustedt holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in cardiac rehabilitation from the University of Northern Iowa. He is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Born and raised in Nekoosa, Wis., Hustedt considers joining Aspirus Medford “a little bit like coming home.” As a high school athlete, he competed against schools from Abbotsford, Athens, Edgar and Rib Lake. He also spent two college summers working in the Chequamegon National Forest and coached at a high school in Wisconsin Rapids during his twenties.

Hustedt and his wife of 28 years, Maria, have two adult children. Maria is an early childhood/elementary teacher with advanced education as a reading specialist. In his free time, Hustedt likes reading and playing guitar. He is a car enthusiast and recently started bicycling for exercise. He also enjoys being involved in church activities and community affairs.