Board of Directors
The Life Link III Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from each of the nine consortium organizations and guides the company’s strategic and business initiatives.
Edward R. Eroe, CMTE, FACHE, CAE
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, LIFE LINK III
Steven Sterner, MD, FACEP, CHIEF OF PROVIDER SERVICES, HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
Dr. Steve Sterner practices emergency medicine at HCMC, where he is also the Chief of Provider Services and a member of the HCMC Executive Leadership Team. Dr. Sterner has led the transformation of the HCMC clinics to an ambulatory care system since 2007. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Hennepin Faculty Associates from 2005-20012. Dr. Sterner is board certified in emergency medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School where he also completed his residency in Family Practice. He has a fellowship in Emergency Medicine from Hennepin County Medical Center.
John Folstad, VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION, SACRED HEART HOSPITAL
John Folstad is the Executive Director of Primary Care Development at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he has served for 36 years. He has been actively involved in both the local and the State of Wisconsin Trauma System and is a previous member of the Wisconsin State Trauma Advisory Council. John received a Diploma in Nursing from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
R.J. Frascone, MD, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, HEALTH PARTNERS; REGIONS HOSPITAL EMS
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
James Garvey, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HOSPITAL OPERATIONS, ESSENTIA HEALTH – EAST REGION; ADMINISTRATOR, ST. MARY’S MEDICAL CENTER DULUTH
James Garvey has been with Essentia Health since 2013. Prior to joining Essentia Health, he was Director of Healthcare Consulting for Wipfli, LLP. Other leadership positions have included being Vice President of Operations and Specialty Care Services at North Memorial Health Care, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Premier Inc., and Vice President of McKesson Corporation. James is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and St. Louis University with a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a long standing member of the American College of Health Care Executives and Health Financial Management Association.
John Doherty, SYSTEM EXECUTIVE, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS, FAIRVIEW HEALTH
John Doherty joined Fairview in 2008 and is responsible for Business Development and Partnerships at Fairview. Prior to joining Fairview, he served in various positions at MeritCare Health System in Fargo, ND, including Chief Financial Officer, System Senior Executive, and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining MeritCare, he was Vice President of Finance at Riverside Medical Center in Minneapolis where he also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer. He is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.
William Heegaard, MD, MPH, CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER, HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
VICE CHAIR, CLINICAL COUNCIL
Greg Klugherz, VICE PRESIDENT, CFO, CENTRACARE HEALTH SYSTEM
VICE CHAIR, CLINICAL COUNCIL
Greg Klugherz joined CentraCare Health in 2008 as the Vice President and CFO of CentraCare Health and St. Cloud Hospital. Greg is responsible for the finance and treasury functions, as well as the revenue cycle and admitting functions of the St. Cloud Hospital. Prior to CentraCare, Greg was a Vice President at HealthPartners, Minneapolis, serving as CFO for Regions Hospital from 1997 through 2006 followed by serving as the senior financial executive for the 700-provider HealthPartners Medical Group. Greg was controller/treasury director for Park Nicollet Health Services, Minneapolis, for eight years. He also has worked in finance with GE Capital Fleet Services Inc., Eden Prairie; Kellogg Corp., Minneapolis; and Deloitte & Touche, Minneapolis. In 2014, Greg was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 hospital and health system CFOs to know. The Becker's Hospital Review list features men and women who have demonstrated excellence in health care financial management by leading some of the largest, most prominent and financially successful health care organizations in the United States. Greg is a certified public accountant, with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from what now is known as Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Jim Leste, MS, SENIOR DIRECTOR, SUPPORT OPERATIONS, CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS AND CLINICS OF MN
VICE CHAIR, CLINICAL COUNCIL
Jim Leste has been with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota since 1999. He currently has oversight of Facilities/Engineering, Materials Management, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services, Security, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Construction, Real Estate and Property Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota Duluth as well as a Master’s degree in Safety Engineering. He is a Certified Emergency Manager in the State of Minnesota. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Saint Mary's University and was a past officer of the Metropolitan Hospital Compact located in Minnesota.
Eric M. Lohn, MBA, FHFMA, VICE PRESIDENT, CFO, ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL
Mr. Lohn has been employed by St. Luke’s, hospitals and clinic system in Duluth since 2013. Mr. Lohn is responsible for the Financial, Treasury, Health Information and related functions for the St. Luke’s System and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Prior to St. Luke’s, Mr. Lohn was the Regional Chief Financial Officer for CentraCare Health System from 1999 through 2013. Eric was Chief Financial Officer for CentraCare Health-Melrose form 1995 through 1999. Mr. Lohn received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and Business Administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and Moorhead State University. He received his Masters of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University. Mr. Lohn has achieved the designation of a Certified Health Care Financial Professional and is a Fellow in the Health Care Financial Management Association (HFMA). He has served on the Board of Directors for the State Chapter of HFMA for five years.
David R. Miller, MBA, PRESIDENT, ALLINA HEALTH RIVERE FALLS AREA HOSPITAL
David R. Miller serves as the president of River Falls Area Hospital in River Falls, WI, part of Allina Health. The 25 bed critical access hospital excels in its surgical program, cancer program, birth center and emergency services. Previously, David served as the Vice President of Operations for United Hospital, a 572 bed tertiary care hospital in St Paul, MN. He led the development of the John Nasseff Neuro Science Institute, the St. Paul Cancer Center, and the Peter J. King Emergency Center, along with overseeing many departments and strategic initiatives. Formally a nationally registered paramedic, he served as president of Allina Health EMS for two decades. He presided over many innovations in the field of emergency medical services and was a principal author for the visionary document titled, “EMS Agenda for the Future.” Miller earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.