Meet Our Admin Team
Strong Leadership. Inspired Care.
Joel Beiswenger, President & CEO
What is the role of the president/chief executive officer (CEO)?
The president/CEO has responsibility for working with the TCHC Board of Directors, medical staff, and internal and external constituents to develop the long-term vision of the organization. This includes strategic planning and implementation, operations and financial management at Tri-County Health Care. Joel leads the administrative team managing all aspects of the organization’s operation and has direct management of facilities management, administrative services, Foundation, human resources, information technology and marketing departments.
A little more about Joel…
Joel has been a part of the Tri-County Health Care family since 1998. He served as chief financial officer prior to his appointment as president/CEO in 2008. Joel is married to Kim. Together they have three children and one grandson. In his free time, Joel enjoys spending time power-boating, sailing and relaxing at Cass Lake, watching sports (especially hockey), golfing, going to the theater with Kim and spending time with Grandson Conner.
What does "Inspired Care" mean to Joel…
To me, inspired care is indicative of everything we do and how we do it as we work to achieve our mission is to “improve the health of the communities we serve.” In the past, this has mostly been by our provision of great care and service for our friends, neighbors and relatives when sick, injured, and seeking care with us. More recently, we have been able to focus more on the wellness aspects of providing health and healing services in an environment of “accountable care” by reaching out the community through events and by providing new services. We are all “inspired” by our calling to meet this mission and vision.
Kim Aagard, VP & Chief Financial Officer
What is the role of the chief financial officer (CFO)?
As the CFO, Kim is responsible for the financial integrity of Tri-County Health Care, the preparation of the budget and management of the patient financial services arena. Kim is a member of the administrative team and has direct management of the business office, patient financial services, finance, health information management, materials management and registration departments, as well as our Caring Heart Boutique gift shop.
A little more about Kim…
Kim Aagard has been with Tri-County Health Care for 30 years in a variety of roles such as receptionist, billing, patient financial services, materials management, EMS, accounting and now the chief financial officer. Kim graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Kim and her husband, Tom, have three children and three grandchildren. In her free time, Kim enjoys quilting, camping, spending time with grandbabies, gardening and canning.
What does "Inspired Care" mean to Kim...
To me, inspired care is the type of care that consists of extraordinary quality with that personal home town touch provided by people who truly care and are committed to caring and watching over others. Inspired care is an outcome where the accomplishment is much greater than the task itself.
Teresa Johnson, VP of Human Resources
What is the role of the VP of human resources?
As the VP of human resources, my official role in the organization is to participate as a member of the administrative council in overall Tri-County Health Care strategic development and implementation, with a focus on the design and delivery of workforce strategies and organizational development.
I like to think my job is directing and leading all the people functions of the organization. Building a culture of accountability and evidence based leadership leading to an environment in which employees can thrive. The success of a business is ultimately linked to an engaged and successful workforce.
A little more about Teresa…
Teresa Johnson spent the first 21 years of her work life in long-term care doing whatever there was to do in the organization. For approximately 10 of those years, Teresa was an NREMT.
She has been in human resources for about 17 years. She received an AAS in human resource management from MSCTC and BS in management from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Teresa and her husband live outside of Vergas, MN, on 11 acres of land. They have two children and five grandchildren. She loves spending time with them and also has many other interests. She has two horses, and she loves to ride. It is a happy day when she can get out for a walk or a run. Teresa also has many flower beds that take a lot of her time. She has several outdoor toys, but use the Harley the most.
What does "Inspired Care" mean to Teresa...
Inspired care to me is providing the best possible outcome for our customers. Compassion, listening, a helping hand, a kind word. Doing this not because it is a requirement of the job or an expectation in life, but because it is the right thing to do. The need to do whatever it takes to make our customers feel safe and special.
Jose Alba, Chief Ambulatory Officer
What is the role of the chief ambulatory officer (CAO)?
As the CAO, Jose is responsible for the Wadena Clinic, Care Integration, Rehab, and all Satellite Clinics. He is also a member of Tri-County Health Care’s administrative leadership team and provides clinical and administrative leadership for planning, organizing, directing, monitoring, and evaluating safe, high quality patient care.
A little more about Jose…
Jose has worked for Tri-County Health Care for the past five years after serving in prior roles at Catholic Health Initiatives and Sanford Health.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare management from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. He is currently pursuing Fellow status through the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the boards for two local non-profits.
Jose and his wife, Katie, reside north of Wadena with their two children, Mia and Andre, and his mother. He and his family enjoy traveling, competitive sports, going to concerts and relaxing on the lake with family and friends.
What does “Inspired Care” mean to Jose?
I believe inspired care means journeying with patients through their highest of highs and lowest of lows. It is patient-centered, and provides safe, effective, efficient, reliable, and equitable care that creates transformational experiences for our patients. It is a conscious decision that requires time, work, and a willingness to let go of our fears to deliver innovative solutions that best meet our patients’ needs.
Tom Pint, Chief Nursing Officer
What is the role of the chief nursing officer (CNO)?
As the CNO, Tom is directly responsible for all inpatient care areas, lab, diagnostic imaging, emergency department/ready care, EMS, surgery, anesthesia, and pharmacy. He is part of Tri-County Health Care’s administrative leadership team and provides clinical and administrative leadership for planning, organizing, directing, monitoring and evaluating safe, high quality patient care.
A little more about Tom…
Tom has a total of 24 years of nursing and progressive leadership experience in healthcare and nursing. He joined Tri-County Health Care two years ago after serving in a variety of capacities with Allina Health and Hennepin County Medical Center.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master of Nursing Leadership and Management from Metropolitan State University.
Tom is married to his wife, Jenny, and has three adult children and a grandson, and enjoys spending time outdoors, boating, hunting, and relaxing by a bonfire.
What does “Inspired Care” mean to Tom?
I believe inspired care is delivering the best care possible to our patients, our communities, and to each other. It’s an internal drive and empowerment that motivates us to be our best and do our best in every situation. It also means to partner with people, wherever they are in their journey, and provide them with the encouragement, support, tools, and resources they need to reach their health and wellness goals and ultimately achieve the best quality of life possible. We do this not because it’s our job, but because we are driven and inspired to make a positive difference in the lives of others.