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Interim Perham Memorial administrator has close ties to East Otter Tail County

Judy Dulski

An open house will both honor an outgoing hospital administrator and welcome a replacement.

The farewell open house for Chuck Hofius is slated for Jan. 13, 5-6:30 p.m., at Mulligan's Pub and Eatery in Perham.

Meanwhile, an interim chief executive for Perham Memorial Hospital and Home will be starting Jan. 11.

MeritCare has named Judy Dulski as the interim leader of the facility. She was one of five candidates who were screened by MeritCare. She is expected to serve four months, as MeritCare and the PMHH Board of Directors narrow in on a permanent replacement for Hofius.

"I worked with Judy in another capacity, and she will be a phenomenal asset," said Hofius, adding that she had served as director of nursing at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Detroit Lakes when Hofius was there. There will be a one week overlap when Dulski starts Jan. 11, as the last day for Hofius is Jan. 17.

"I see my role as keeping the process moving along with the building project; keeping operations running smoothly," said Dulski. "It will also be important to keep a connection to the community at large-as well as hospital personnel."

Dulski has more than 30 years of experience in health care management and clinical nursing. For the past six years, she has worked as an independent consultant-mostly for medical facilities.

Dulski has local connections, as her grandson Ben Bucholz is a student and athlete at Perham High School. She is married to Don Dulski, a Perham High School graduate. The Dulskis live fairly close to Perham, as they own a lake home in the Menahga-Park Rapids area.

May 19 is the target date for having a new, permanent chief executive, said Hofius.