Fort HealthCare, a non-profit integrated healthcare delivery provider based in Fort Atkinson, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of two new members to the organization’s board of directors. They are Barry Cash, MD, Fort Atkinson, and Eric Runez, Whitewater.
Cash is a family practice physician and has served the community since 2000. He practices at Fort Atkinson Medical Center, a Dean/St. Mary’s Regional Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree at Loyola University, Chicago, and his medical degree at the University of Illinois, Rockford, IL. His residency occurred at St. Michael Hospital, Milwaukee. He is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Community service is an important part of his life. At the end of December, he relinquished his role as medical director at the Rock River Free Clinic, a volunteer assignment he has held for many years.
Eric Runez is currently the district administrator at the Whitewater Unified School District. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies education and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Runez attained a masters of arts in education administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. Superintendent certification was gained at Marquette University. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison. Prior to his current role, Runez served as principal of Johnson Creek Junior and Senior High School in Johnson Creek and as the Whitewater Middle School Principal from 2005-2011.
Michael Wallace, Fort HealthCare President and CEO welcomes both Cash and Runez to the board for a three year term beginning in January. Board members may be reappointed for two additional terms.
Board members are chosen based on their professional skills and their ability to represent the healthcare needs of the various communities within the Fort HealthCare primary service area.
“Both new members were selected because of their deeply held regard for the welfare of the communities they live in.” said Wallace. “Barry’s medical background will help guide the board in our decisions that directly affect the health of our patients. Eric, with his background in education and familiarity with both Johnson Creek and Whitewater will help us direct our preventive care resources in a manner that results in improved health status for those we serve.”
In addition to Runez, Cash and Wallace, other Fort HealthCare board members are: community representatives Dean Johnson, Fort Atkinson; Carol Ward Knox, Fort Atkinson; Michael Rumpf, Cambridge; Sharon Schmeling, Jefferson; Robert Schramm, Whitewater; Gregory Waters, Lake Mills and physicians Donald Williams, Thomas Nordland, Jonathan McLaughlin and Michael Anderson (chief of staff).