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LifeCare welcomes three new department directors

LifeCare welcomes three new department directors

LifeCare proudly welcomes three new department directors to its leadership team while bidding farewell to three exceptional longtime employees. In February, Brett Rima replaced Curt Ireland, who retired from his role as Director of Roseau EMS a job he held since 1991.

Kristy McFarlane, LifeCare s new Director of Human Resources, joined the organization in July following the retirement of Carol Klotz, who served in that position since 1997. LifeCare s new Director of Hospitality, Gabe Mooney, was hired in May to replace Jill Hulst, who had been with LifeCare since 1998. LifeCare extends its best wishes and a sincere offering of thanks to Curt, Carol, and Jill for their decades of service. Now for a bit more on the three who plan to fill their shoes.

KRISTY MCFARLANE, LifeCare s new Director of Human Resources holds a B.A. in Communication from MSU, Moorhead, and has human resources job experience from Polaris Industries as well as Cargill in the Twin Cities.

LifeCare has a great reputation in the community as an employer of choice and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for such a great organization,  says McFarlane.

Impressed with the hospital’s technology and top notch facilities, she says,  it is evident how much every person cares about patients and their well-being and how the LifeCare team is like an extended family.

Now a few months into her new role, McFarlane continues to spend free time with her family, and enjoys trips to the lake, kids sporting events, Pinterest projects, reading, bargain shopping, and meeting her new coworkers.

I look forward to meeting everyone and being on this team of wonderful people who work to ensure excellence in everything we do.

GABRIEL MOONEY, LifeCare s new Director of Hospitality, earned a Master of Science degree in Administration with a specialization in Healthcare from the University of South Dakota. He also holds a B.S. in Dietetics from NDSU and is a registered and licensed dietitian.He comes to LifeCare from CHI LakeWood Health in Baudette and is excited to make a difference in Roseau County and LifeCare s service area.

My job as Director of Hospitality allows me to have an impact on everyone who comes in contact with LifeCare,  he says.  No matter why they are here, my role has an impact   from the chairs they sit on in the waiting room to the nutrition of the food.

Mooney says he sees many similarities between LifeCare s culture and his own.

I feel LifeCare can offer a lot to me and my family, and I see myself as being able to assist LifeCare in its mission.

He also recognizes the opportunities that come from LifeCare being a self-determined organization.

Being independent, LifeCare is open to suggestions from all its employees. It allows for new, innovative ideas to become reality and enables us to pursue constant improvement for those in our care,  he says.  Knowing you can make a difference provides job satisfaction. I am proud to be part of the community and proud to be part of LifeCare.

Mooney enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling with his wife Katelyn, and being with family. An avid wrestling fan, he also serves as a high school and college wrestling official at matches throughout the state.

BRETT RIMA, LifeCare s new Director of Roseau EMS, is a Paramedic with an A.A.S. degree in Supervising Management. He has worked for Thief River Falls Area Ambulance, the Minnesota EMS Regulatory Board, and Minnesota Homeland Security & Emergency Management.As a state-certified Emergency Manager, I appreciate being involved in the emergency preparedness aspect of hospital operations. It s a great opportunity to be a part of the LifeCare Emergency Preparedness Committee working collaboratively to enhance event planning and response in the event of a major incident,  he says.

Now settled into his job, Rima is pleased to be working with staff to upgrade the level of care currently provided by Roseau EMS.

I appreciate the support from administration to allow me to explore and implement potential changes for providing pre-hospital care and the confidence they convey for me to perform my job.

Rima says he was intrigued by the willingness of other department directors to assist while he became acclimated to his position.

There is a team atmosphere at LifeCare when staff members work together to provide excellent medical care and improve the patients experience, he says.

Rima says developing a public relations program to be implemented in the community  is important for conveying a message of life safety for the citizens served by Roseau EMS and our Greenbush station.  Such programs, he says, may include Kids on Wheels, Community Meet-n-Greet, high school sports activities, EMT and CPR education.

In addition to family time with his wife Gail and their three children, Rima enjoys travel, movies, music, walking, exercise, and biking.