The Joint Powers Board of commissioners for South Country Health Alliance (SCHA) voted unanimously to name Leota B. Lind as South Country’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Lind, who previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for South Country, has also been serving as its Interim Chief Executive Officer since April 2011, following the departure of former CEO Brian A. Nasi. Lind has been with South Country since its inception in 2000.
“It is my distinct pleasure to announce this choice of leadership for our organization,” said Joint Powers Board Chair and Kanabec County commissioner, Kathi Ellis. “Leota has served in many capacities at South Country over the past ten years and brings much experience to the table as we continue our important work serving our communities with health care services.”
“I am very pleased to have been selected as the CEO for South Country Health Alliance,” said Lind. “I began my journey with South Country in 2000 by assisting with the planning and start up of the organization. It has been a rewarding experience to be a part of the growth of South Country through the expansion of membership, products, counties, and operational infrastructure.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to lead South Country as CEO. South Country is member-focused and recognizes the importance of integrating medical services with public health, human services, and other community resources to improve the overall health and well-being of our members. I look forward to building on our existing partnerships that support local involvement and together shaping the delivery of local health care to meet the needs of our rural communities. “
Prior to her career at South Country, Lind worked as a project coordinator for the Southern Minnesota Health Initiative in the planning and implementation of a multi-county service delivery system for individuals with disabilities. She also worked as a Freeborn County Human Services Adult Mental Health Case Manager and at Fountain Centers, a chemical dependency treatment program for adolescents.