Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Written by Jennifer Bender

PLHS Elects New Board Members

The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors reelected officers and board members and elected new board members at its annual meeting in May.

Officers are Chairman, Jim Redlinger of Redlinger Bros. Plumbing & Heating; Vice President, Robb Peterson of Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics; Secretary, Doug Sharp of Sharp Automotive; Treasurer, Vince Foley of Foley and Foley Law Office; and Past Chairman, Mark Roby.

Board member Shan Kruse was reelected to serve an additional three year term. Monte Hopper retired from the board. Hopper joined the Board of Directors in 2006. Prairie Lakes Board of Directors thanks him for his years of commitment to the development of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS). New board members, Chris Carter and Stacey Lee, were elected to serve three year terms.

PLHS ChrisCarter 02 onlineA graduate of S.D. State University, Brookings, Carter started in 1984 as a reporter at the Watertown Public Opinion. When she retired in 2016, she was the CFO and Director of Administration, handling human resources duties and managing the Creative Services department.

Active in the community, she currently she serves on the Women and Giving Committee through the Watertown Area Community Foundation and the Suzanne Jacobsen  Memorial Fund Committee. She was an adjunct instructor at LATI last fall. 

Carter served as loaned executive, past board member and board president of the Watertown Area United Way. She served 10 years on the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors and co-chaired the first B.A.S.H. event for the foundation. She served on the BISCO Board of Directors and the Lake Area Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

She was active in the Watertown Area Soccer Association and in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Watertown. She was named Parent of the Year for the S.D. Soccer Association, Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and she and her husband, Milt, were inducted into the S.D. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014. The Carters have two grown sons.

Stacey Lee Headshot 2016onlineStacey L. Lee has been the CEO and Administrator at Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) in Dawson, Minnesota since 2015. Since joining JMHS, she has overseen a $25.6 million-dollar construction project and was instrumental in adding three additional medical staff, including two physicians. Under Lee’s leadership, JMHS was one of five Minnesota hospitals to be named a top 2018 Critical Access Hospital in the nation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Prior to joining JMHS, Lee was an Attorney-At-Law and CPA for more than 12 years. Her primary practice focused on Estate Planning, Trust & Estate Administration and Real Estate. Lee received her Doctor of Law (JD) from Hamline University School of Law and her BS in Accounting and Finance from the Carlson School of Management.  Stacey currently is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Small Rural Hospital Committee and serves as the Secretary for the MHA Region 5 Committee.

“The Board of Directors is committed to reflect PLHS’s broad service area and people we serve with its members,” said Jill Fuller, President & CEO. “PLHS often works with nonprofits and regional Critical Access Hospitals to provide needed services and care to residents in our ten county service area. Chris’s unparallel experience in non-profits and Stacey’s experience in health care and representation of our broader service area will be beneficial to the board and our region.”


The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors is comprised of 14 volunteer community members who are dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, an independent, not-for-profit, regional healthcare center.

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